Saturday, July 9, 2011

Introduction

Hello all. The purpose of this blog will be thought. The object of the exercise will be to examine the world around us through the prism of Libertarianism. This is not an attempt to shill for a political party. When I say Libertarianism I mean less a label or an organization to join, but a way of thinking. Labels and parties are what has brought our country to the state we are in today. Independents now make up a plurality of the electorate, mainly because there is no home for the moderate in either of the established parties anymore. The wings of each party now hold sway over the outcomes of legislation and policy, and when these two wings come to loggerheads as they often do, then things grind to halt and dissatisfaction with the process grows. To be a player in the larger game you must sign on to the party plank without dissent. To say the word Libertarian will bring derision from both ends of the spectrum, and there is good reason for that. The Libertarian mindset is one in which the power of government to directly impact your life should be limited, that the object of the exercise should be to create an environment for liberty and personal choice to flourish. Holding to this idea would destroy the moral crusades of each party. To stamp out poverty, provide healthcare for all, ensure you make healthy lifestyle choices, regulate all industry and business transactions, spy on everyone’s email, water board terrorists, keep you from watching porn or doing drugs all require an expansive notion of the state, one which presupposes government is the best tool for the job, and the politicians in charge can be trusted to “make the right choices”. This flies in the face of the founding principles of the Republic. The power of government was supposedly limited to keep these things from happening. Now, the argument can certainly be made that the world has changed, and it surely has, but the underlying principle of limiting government power should never be scoffed at. We should examine each action and intention not from the “good” that it could do, but the “bad” it could bring about. You might believe the Health Insurance Mandate is a necessity because healthcare is so important, so you do not want to question the constitutional validity of such a claim of power. What is important to ask though, is “what happens to that power in the next administration?” If you do not stand by the constitutional principle now, because you like the outcome, you will not be able to stand against it when you believe the outcome to be an encroachment on your liberty. Libertarians are characterized as being selfish, ill-suited to actually govern in society. Now, my position on being forced to buy Health Insurance I do not want might seem selfish: I do not care if it balances the budget, brings peace on earth, and provides everyone a lolli before bed, I will not be told to buy something by the Federal Government. This is not wrought out of selfishness though, it comes from a sense of fear. I fear what the government would do with this power if unopposed. And these same notions can be brought to both sides of the political spectrum. Libertarian ideals allow for an ideological consistency that is lacking in the Liberals and Conservatives, who wish to turn the power of government towards their own ends.
In writing this and future posts I hope that others will start to question their own beliefs on the nature of government and power. Maybe, as a result, people will start to ask more from their politicians then just platitudes and talking points, but if not we can at least have a little fun with this. All comments will be welcome, because the need to communicate and freedom to do so is what makes this country great, and so long as that exists we will continue to be a great experiment in liberty.

2 comments:

  1. Republicans think if you question the government you are a communist. At least any thing that goes against their evil agenda!

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