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Liberty, Charity and Defense of the Weak

Many of us watched that front page video of the troubled boy telling the drill sergeant on some trash TV 'I have no daddy,' in response to the driller's tough-guy question 'Do you want me to be your Daddy the next 8 years?' Drill sergeant softened up, hugged the boy and it was a happy moment, but in the end the boy was still fatherless and likely still troubled today.

The clip got me thinking. In the past, if a boy lost his dad, a common enough thing, there was rarely any doubt he'd have plenty of others figures in his life to fill the role of father. Today, the child is often left with no one, not even siblings.

This has wider implications.

If libertarians want to do something really constructive, something not merely ideological, I think a "big brother" sort of thing (ironic name) would be good.

Along with volunteering with the old and dying, who have no young people to care about them, I can think of few better ways to spread the message of self reliance and community solidarity away from the state, which we all share. That, along with providing tutoring for kids in need and stuck in public schools.

Think of how the two mesh together -- these lonely old people and these kids without adequate parents could also be company to each other in some over arching volunteer activity.

Providing tutoring for free is also a not so shabby way of building an educational base for homeschoolers to contract able educators to teach from an ideologically sympathetic perspective.

Here we would need to drop the purism and tap into a broader current of ideological anti-statism that embraces conservatives, christians and other alternative views which oppose the big State.

If we can work with ideologically acceptable Christians, we can tap into a huge vein of anti State potential.

Not to mention just being good people and gaining positive meaning in our own lives. Too much of libertarian ideas are merely negative and don't have content.

They merely negate claims to power, but don't recognize that there are genuinely legitimate needs of society that are missing at present and which the state is filling poorly or not at all.

If we ever wonder why some radical movements in other countries are so successful when fighting their own state or in fighting real enemies, it is often their role as protectors of the weak and as a social force for good in the place of a weak or corrupt state.

Even groups we don't agree with in ideas or tactics, we can learn from their success politically from their outreach in protecting and serving the weak and providing defense and order in hard times.

If the world ever really does hit really hard times, of the kind so many of us expect, then whoever provides those functions will be the group to succeed and eclipse the state.

Don't be surprised it its radicals, religionists, socialists or some other group of non-libertarians, if liberty does not commit itself to the twin pillars of any healthy society -- defense of order and charity.

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Not much has changed since 1991

http://klinechair.missouri.edu/docs/libertarianism_autonomy_...

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clarify the moral status of children—libertarians will have to give up most ... What status can children be said to have within libertarian theory? Let us.

Thanks Bill, much agreed.

Many people here know my background so I won't repeat it, but I have taken my own experiences and began working with youth that have the same sort of troubles that I did. I have a farm that is in constant need of extra work and I pay them to help out and give them lessons in whatever interests them.

I believe with all of my heart that getting beyond a purely academic setting and passing forward compassion, as well as enlightenment, is the key to growing the movement.

A word to the wise. If you are going to start looking for people to help or mentor, look to those in your own family first. Most of us have younger cousins or nieces/nephews that are having troubles. Try not to overlook them.

Let's take it one step further

If we are all serious about spreading liberty, each of us should adopt one or more orphaned children and raise them according to our beliefs.

“With laws shall our land be built up, but with lawlessness laid waste.”
-Njal Thorgeirsson

not a bad idea, and marry

not a bad idea, and marry some widows too.

Wasn't this guy just

Wasn't this guy just recruiting Satanist for something?

deacon's picture

possibly

but...what he didn't do,was cut whole groups out
of the liberty...like some people did...and do
I don't need to mention names,do I?
D

setting your expectations to high,can cause depression

I didn't cut you out of

I didn't cut you out of liberty, I cut you out of Liberty+! Scum bag!

deacon's picture

oh really?

so liberty plus is a bowel movement?
doesn't your mom need her computer back now?
but,you didn't cut me out of anything..
How's that glass eye of yours working out for you?
not so well?? clean the crap off the lens
OH,and brush your teeth

setting your expectations to high,can cause depression

I rarely see this

I rarely see this from you Deacon, But you are totally justified in your disdain. I am starting to even feel sorry for this very poor bigot example of the Christian Faith. Puritanism did not last very long for a reason and when Christians become Puritan bigots, the faith will progress no further and fail. I wonder what his thoughts are about Muslims, Blacks and heathen Red Skins? I can only guess they are not very humane.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

deacon's picture

with good reason

you rarely see this from me

Most do not act as of they are special and above others
most do not come across as self righteous,or more important
than all others
When I see this it is within my my right,as well as others
to point out the hypocrisy being spewed forth as if it anything
that resembles truth,or even came from the creator of all
them comments are nothing more than a bigot looking down its nose
at all others who were created by the same being
it is not what one puts into the body,but what comes out
D

setting your expectations to high,can cause depression

After a little thought

I absolutely agree and understand, After a little thought, it came to me that there may be a little illness behind it. I am not sure I have seen anyone quite this extreme and displaced from reality before. Just a thought. Thanks for being you man.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

I really wish I knew where

I really wish I knew where you people get your information from. I should just pulling things from my ass too....

You provided it

http://www.dailypaul.com/305420/expanding-the-morality-of-th...

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

and you were wrong. I did

and you were wrong. I did nothing to get in between you and "liberty", in fact you should be thanking me for gathering a band of folk who can actually get things done, rather then some low life drug addict like you.

You misjudge too quickly my son

Your radical extremism will be your undoing in Gods eyes my son. You judge too quickly. I have used drugs in the past and am not afraid to admit this, so have you, but you have not the courage to admit it. You are blinded by your radicalism and ill placed judgement of others, I happen to be an upstanding citizen, business owner, father of 3, grandfather of 6 and an ordained minister. Unfortunately you will achieve nothing with your actions of extreme blindness and misjudgement, may God help save you from your own misgivings.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Daddy??!

Daddy??!

This is the funniest troll

This is the funniest troll backfire in history. Like the tower of Babel re enacted by idiots.

Building community

In times of old people had community and extended families. We are more atomized to our detriment these days. Maybe build up local communities. Some of the immigrant communities are impressive in this regard: If some one can do plumbing he helps his neighbor out with plumbing in exchange for car work. It would be great if some how lonely but healthy elders could be paired with kids who need minding.

Vickie

Well said!

Thank You Bill. This should grow the community of liberty here :)

I was thinking about this a week or so ago,

some type of charity that perhaps has an affiliation with liberty of some sort, where liberty minds might feel more trust in donating to something put together from a liberty influence to really help those in need. Awesome post, rock on!!

kind people rock