In Defense Of “libertarians”

[Disclaimer: I once belonged to the Libertarian Party (for about an hour); I also was the editor for L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise for a longer period of time.]


Lately I have read blog posts by people I consider far smarter and/or more articulate than I who have targeted libertarians for their beliefs and positions. For the most part, the targeting has been off the mark. So how do I reconcile my admiration for these bloggers’ intelligence with my considered opinion that they do not know what they are talking about when it comes to libertarians?

Let me try to explain something that I would have thought obvious to the most casual observer: there are differences among libertarians just as there are among factions of any other socio-economic-political belief system. Let me give just one example. It requires a ‘split personality’ to deny the power of government and at the same time establish a political party that runs candidates for elective government office. One can rationalize it many different ways, but the fact is that libertarians seek to obtain the power that they also seek to limit or destroy.

That said, it is my belief that libertarians both understand and resist the liberty-destroying power that is government far better than either Republicans or Democrats — better than either conservatives or liberals, and certainly better than the other factions such as greens, socialists, or communists. And yes, even better than the alt-right and the antifa.

But do not despair, ye haters of all things libertarian. They are not a threat to you — in fact, they are much more a threat to themselves.

“And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

“Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

“Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”

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Oh, Canada!

Someone in Canada hit my blog 44(!) times today, thereby establishing an all-time record that is likely to stand. I am tempted to think it might have been Natalia Martinez, but surely she had better things to do after her four-day ordeal. Perhaps someone in The Laurentians, desperate for entertainment, stumbled across The Infinite Smallness and spent some time admiring my dry wit.

Or perhaps someone in the Canadian government is looking for ideas for health care for the growing elder population. If so, they probably decided that they had come to the wrong place.

I would be more flattered were it not for the fact that 29 of the hits were on my home page, with one each on my most recent posts. I do not know quite what to make of that — perhaps it is something peculiar to the inscrutable mind of les Canadiens.

Regardless, I would like to thank my mystery guest for boosting my stats (if not my morale) and for providing me with an infinitely small topic for a post. Cheers!

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Bird Brains

There is a bird that has decided to declare war on my window. It seems that he is offended by the bird he imagines that he sees in there. I have watched him attack, with furious futility, over and over again, of course to no avail. I am afraid that at some point he will be hurt or even killed.

Today, as I was watching and listening to him bang repeatedly into the window, pecking furiously at the offender, it occurred to me that his behavior was intended to present to me an elegant metaphor.

The bird now has a name. I call him “Antifa”. He is too young to have developed any of the wisdom one gains from life experience and, unlike the majority of his peers, he has been distracted by an illusion.

His reflection, whom I have named “Fash” does not really exist, of course. Nonetheless, Antifa sees him and hates him. Clearly, his bird brain is not sufficiently developed for him to realize that what he is looking at is really just himself, reflected.

What Antifa represents, Fash represents the perfect opposite. Yet, they are the same bird in the same place at the same time, each made possible in that place only by the other.

Whenever there is an event that brings Antifa near the window and he remembers to take umbrage at Fash’s existence, Fash magically presents himself, glad to oblige Antifa’s raid. Fash always holds his own, and Antifa eventually retires, frustrated, only to repeat the performance the next time the opportunity presents itself.

I do hope that Antifa realizes that he is actually attacking a mirror image of himself, and ceases his hostile action before he gets his brains bashed in. If not, I do hope that observers realize that Fash is really not the Cain to Antifa’s Abel.

A much more intellectual, refined, and cogent treatment of the true subject of this metaphor may be found in several articles (including the linked/current one) at The Declination — a blog which I heartily recommend.

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The New Ways Of War

SkyNet is just around that corner you see off in the distance.

Source: The New Ways Of War

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The Party of Choice?

Dear Mr. pResident:

Nice try, but I fear the train may have jumped the track. Humble servant that I am, I believe I proposed some time ago that all the Repuglicans needed to do to prevail over the forces of the #eggersuits, Marxists, and other “progressives” — or do I repeat myself? — is to create a new slogan. And I propose this slogan should be: “The Party of Choice”. Wait, that sounds awfully familiar. Perhaps I should elaborate instead on the idea? Okay.

Pick an issue, any issue. Health care, you say? All right, who’s the party of choice? The Demoncrats advance socialized medicine: a “one size fits all” approach to health care, whether it be PACA or “single payer”. Where’s the choice in that? So, Repuglicans: stop demonizing an already discredited approach and develop one where each individual picks, from a free market buffet table, the plan that suits them best.

But what about the poor and indigent? With costs lowered by competition, everyone has more to spend; more people can afford it to begin with. Charities will benefit from a better economy. Health care costs will be reduced. Means testing will reduce fraudulent claims and “free” insurance. The possibilities are literally endless. (Maybe Michael Bloomberg will donate to causes that assist people instead of trying to buy control with his money!)

The list goes on. Repuglicans can create a platform consisting of three planks: (1) strong citizens; (2) strong markets; (3) strong defense.

(1) Strong citizens: we are endowed with unalienable rights — life, liberty, property. Government’s place is to cherish and protect those rights, not abridge, qualify, or infringe them. We choose to live our own lives without interference, especially from bureaucracy.

(2) Strong markets: we have the capability to again be the strongest economy in the world, if we let the market work without government distortion. That rising tide floats all boats. The inequities in the current model are not market weaknesses; they are anomalies caused by the government-globalist-corporatist complex. We choose to grow a vibrant economy.

(3) Strong defense: what other nations do is their own business, not ours — unless and until they actually aggress against us. We have no authority whatsoever to coerce, invade, or otherwise aggress against other nations and their people. We choose to focus on our own defense.

So what do you think, sir? Is there enough life left in your original intent to accept this line of reasoning? And you “Progressives”, where do you find fault, and why?

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Shona Lá Fhéile Pádraig

Today I am reminded of a Disney movie that contained visual metaphors representing my thinking about our current domestic situation.

This is government:

banshee

And this is the economy:

death coach

And the movie?

Darby O’Gill and the Little People, starring a young Sean Connery.

Sláinte mhaith!

 

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Homo cucullatus

For all our increased brain capacity, for all our apposable thumbs, for all our sapience and sentience, we seem to have managed to muck things up pretty nicely.

At some point along the line, we became our own worst enemy: losing contact with our origins, denying our essential make-up, and developing behaviors contradictory to our best evolutionary interests.

Put simply, we became too smart-ass for our own good. We developed societies that surreptitiously cripple our long-term survival capacity. And we seem incapable — or unwilling — to do anything about it.

Let’s not wind up like this guy, okay?

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