Presented just for entertainment, not to impugn anyone's morals. It seems to me that your typical Mustachian is a moderate left-wing Progressive type (but perhaps I'm just projecting MMM onto his readers). At any rate, it is pretty obvious that there are plenty of Mustachians that fit this profile. Prior to the election of Trump*, the focus of the mainstream American left has been: (i) reduce inequality, especially by raising taxes on the rich; (ii) protect the environment to a greater extent; (iii) decrease racial/gender discrimination; and (iv) play defense or make incremental expansions to existing social welfare programs including SS, Medicare, Medicaid, ACA, etc.
I posit that common features of Mustachianism are at odds with all of these policy aims to some extent.
First, the amount of legal but aggressive tax avoidance pushed on MMM is astounding. Tax loss harvesting! Back-door Roth! And so on. How is lowering the tax rate of admittedly wealthy people (early retirees), therefore increasing inequality and reducing the amount of money the government can redistribute to more deserving people, consistent with a commitment to eradicating inequality? I know, most will say "I'm not really rich!" or "tax the fat cats, not me" or "tax big business"! I'm reminded of the famous saying "don't tax him, don't tax me, tax that man behind the tree!" and the study which found that 44% of millionaires consider themselves "middle class," with another 40% saying they were "upper middle class." www.cnbc.com/2015/05/06/naires-say-theyre-middle-class.html
If Trump did a back-door Roth, there would have been apoplectic articles in the NY Times about how crooked it is, yet Mustachians are cool with all that.
Second, a majority of Mustachians want to retire and travel the world. Flying in an airplane is one of the worst possible things you can do for the environment, especially in such a short amount of time. A couple trans-oceanic flights wipe out a lifetime worth of bicycling to the grocery store. How does flying around the world mesh with a staunch commitment to environmentalism? Hasn't Trump been getting crap for flying to Florida all the time? Why is better when you do it?
Third, large institutions like big businesses, universities, government agencies, etc. are subject to all sorts of burdensome and restrictive rules and regulations around race and gender, and political correctness is enforced informally but with brutal efficiency. Mustachians get to drop out of this world and think and act as they wish. Even if they start a side hustle or small business, they will be exempt from most of these rules and regulations. If you support all these rules because you think it makes the world a better place, why are you in such a hurry to abandon the part of the world that is subject to those rules? [I admit this is pretty weak] [I deleted this because it is too weak and distracting from other issues]
Fourth, Mustachians like to exchange tips on how to get healthcare for as cheap as possible, including "gaming" various systems in place to help the destitute, not unmotivated rich people. People with hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars, in their portfolios that take Medicaid or ACA vouchers intended to help poor people afford healthcare undermine support for those programs. Imagine the reactions from the general public "why should a 45-year old nurse pay taxes to fund some rich 36-year old retiree's healthcare? Are you kidding me?" Imagine if Ivanka Trump qualified for Medicaid because she succeeded in sheltering all of her income from tax, and that she took it. People would be getting out their pitchforks, yet rich Mustachians don't bat an eye.
*I'm no Trump supporter, but since he's the bête noire of the left right now, I'll use him as a reference periodically.
OP, I consider myself a moderate democrat. I think the areas you described are actually stereotypes of the far left liberal types.
1. Large amounts of the federal budget consist of income redistribution to combat inequality. Yet I still use TurboTax to get all the deductions I can, and work to max out all tax shelters. I also would have no problem with taking the medical subsidies in retirement. How can that be? Because I am selfish and assume that everyone else is selfish. If I don't work to reduce my taxes, and everyone else does, then I'm a sucker. In addition, I don't believe in the notion that working in a cubicle is the pinnacle of human existence. When I FI, I will actually work to find activities that have a greater positive impact than typing numbers into excel spreadsheets. However, health care is disastrously expensive in this country. There is no way that I'm going to turn down government help for health care. Why is it ok if you are 65 to get help via Medicare from the government, but not take Obamacare subsidies if you are below 65?
2. Give me a break, how is working better for the environment than retiring? It's not like if I retire I will have enough money to fly around the world constantly. I'm going to stay in one place most of the time and go on vacations to exotic locales no more than while I'm working. And I won't be driving to work in horrible gridlock, doing work lunches, buying work clothes, etc.
3. Gender / racial discrimination has nothing to do with working versus retiring.
4. I wouldn't care if Ivanka Trump was on a government health insurance plan. After having children and seeing what my wife went through, I have great respect for mommies and families and want everyone to be taken care of. I want to take the subsidies, but I'm not so selfish that I want to eliminate the essential benefits of health insurance such as prenatal care in order to lower premiums for men. That would be wrong.
I also find it rich that you think Democrats are hypocrites when it is Republicans and Trump that are massive hypocrites. Every time Trump gets in trouble, he projects his own weakness on to his perceived enemies. When the Access Hollywood tape came off, he accused Bill Clinton of being a rapist. When his campaign's ties to Russia are questioned, he accuses Obama of wiretapping him. The Republicans have been calling Obamacare a disaster for years, but they come up with a health care plan that uses the same structure as Obamacare but is watered down. Trump promised to bring back jobs to good ol americans from the Midwest and rural areas - and the health care plan disproportionately hurts them.
Nothing about Trump is mustachian. He has his own jet, is all about conspicuous consumption, and cares more about his tv ratings / popularity than doing one good thing for humanity. His cabinet consists of oil executives. His budget reduces funding for basic scientific research and the national endowment for the arts. It's a freaking joke.
Shame on the democrats for not having strong leaders so that the liberal stereotypes persist. If someone stood up and pushed single payer health care and investing in science, I think they would do well. Neil Degrasse Tyson 2020.