Why are you a libertarian?Submitted by theMaskedInvader on Thu, 06/20/2013 - 19:20
Why are you a libertarian? A counterpoint.
So, why are you a libertarian? Now most people will answer that with a litany of arguments. Complaints, grievances and pet peeves. Some will impress with their flawless quoting of Mises, Rothbard, Rand or one Paul or the other. But isn't all that entirely irrelevant? Be entirely honest, are you really that principled?
I can do that too, wax endlessly about perceived flaws in the system, but it's a bunch of bull actually. I'm just rationalizing. So, why am I a libertarian? I don't know, honestly. It's just a feeling that I rationalise so I can convince myself and others I'm actually doing the smart thing. I'm the type of person that's a bit out there. Different. And I don't mean different because I try. Because I want to be, I just am. After a personal crisis I learned the only way for me to be happy is to allow that. It was a hard lesson, but taken to heart. With that comes the realization that under most political/social systems in history and in existence today, I would've been shunned or even persecuted. Even today, in my comfortable western society I'm forced to censor myself. But that's okay, there is no force there… I do believe in a social contract among people, just not in any political sense.
I am a man of extremes. I don't have a high minded concept of liberty to pursue. I especially don't pretend to have the solution. I just need a lot of room to maneuver. I'm not happy in the middle, I think we can do better. The world IS my oyster and I want to taste everything it has to offer. I am definitely not a libertarian because I believe in a secret masterplan to bring us all into slavery. I watch Alex Jones for comedic value ONLY. That's a negative motivation anyway. Never a good thing to build a life around.
Liberty is defined negatively (absence of coercion), I rather define my freedom positively. I believe in free markets, not because I studied economy extensively, but because I'm a guy that has a lot of ideas. Who, when he has them, wants to go out, build them and then share it and see it go out and do good things in the world. I believe because I talked to Africans coming into Europe whatever way they can, looking to strike it rich. I'm not afraid of immigration, I admire those people. I don't oppose force and coercion out of fear, but because I can be a forceful and coercive person and I have learned that the results never stack up. A leader convinces, the rest are just managers. There are too many managers. In the system there are too many engineers and not enough scientists.
I am libertarian because I am self-directed and responsible. I enjoy the dark side, the jagged edges of life, the weird and the strange. I have done things that you don't just bring up at a company function. I do them because I enjoy them and I'm fine with that. I am a libertarian because there is no shame in my game. On the other hand, I have never done anything criminal. I don't steal, cheat and I hate lies. I will help anyone that is within my ability to help. I speak truth to power and patiently teach it to those that don't know. I am a libertarian because I am naturally generous, I don't need a government to teach me that. I am a libertarian because I believe knowledge can set you free and should therefore flow freely. Because I believe the fringes is where the real action is. If you kill the fringe, you kill progress and become a static society. I am libertarian because I am afraid we have already become that static society. Change has never been so fast, but never been so utterly meaningless. I am a libertarian because I believe people are basically good, gentle and have a great intuition. They will help each other. Altruism is real, objectively. Ayn Rand didn't get that.. that's why she had those big, scared eyes. It's natural and serves an evolutionary purpose. That means you don't have to coerce people into being altruistic… in fact that upends the whole balance it's based on. It's a lot like love, creativity and all that good stuff in that nobody denies they exist. But nobody can quite put their finger on it, or box it in. You can't package and sell it. If you want to help the poor children in Africa: don't send them money. Start a business and do trade with them! Oh crap, you can't because of legal restrictions and rampant protectionism? Tell me again how the free market hurts the poor. TRADE, damn you!!!!
Anyway, just some thoughts I tthought were good to share. Life is good and needs to be lived well. Stay on the up, folks!