Friday, April 3, 2015

A contrarian libertarian?

Ace of Spaces has published an interesting manifesto of sorts, describing why the author has moved from conservatism to libertarianism.  Here's an excerpt.  (Profanity alert:  the piece is littered with four-letter words in places.  I've replaced them with asterisks in this excerpt.)

Unlike some other Dummies, I'm not really of a mind that we must all Follow the Same Rules and all Subscribe to the Same Bland, Grey, Dead Corporate-Friendly Culture in which no one is really religious or different or odd at all Because That's Bad For Corporate Business.

I think people should have -- and by God, do have -- the right to be fairly different from one another.

That's ******* America.

Did you not know that? That that's what America is?

That America is the right to be different from other people?

I don't see why a store run by a pious conservative Muslim can't demand that women be covered, if that's his bag, nor why a store run by a pious conservative Catholic can't also insist that women cover their shoulders, if that's his sense of what his business should be, of what should happen on property he owns.

Will there be hurt feelings when some are turned away?


And who cares?

What the **** are we, babies? Is this kindergarten, where everyone must be made to feel welcome, always?

. . .

Some people continue to be wigged out at the idea that I can buy alcohol in one county but the next county over -- get this! -- it's illegal to sell booze.

They just seem to have this baseline devotion to the ideal that we should all be the same. That each county should follow the same rules. That a traveler, moving from one county to the next, should not be surprised or bothered to discover there are Different Rules in effect, or a Different Culture.

That we should, in short, all have the Same Rules, and the Same Culture, with all Proud Nails pounded flat to the wood, so that there is no danger of snagging anyone's clothing or giving anyone a cut.

Some find that comforting.

I find it creepy. I also find it be the height of Entitlement: In what ******* spasm of ego did you conceive that other people exist to protect your mental Safe Place from any discombobulation and discomfort?

. . .

I think conservatives have long been overly trusting of corporate and social power, usually assuming we'd be in control of it, so that we would be protected from any misuse thereof.

I think we are now suddenly discovering that was a terrible assumption to make, and that we should have been asking ourselves, all along: What if this power to gin up the forces of social conformity and legal bullying were not in our hands, but in fact used against us?

Well, if any conservatives were previously unaware of the danger of empowering scolds, busybodies, bureaucrats, and police to Make You Behave As The Group Thinks Is Proper, surely none can still be ignorant.

If you're still fighting for Statism and Conformity and Group Decisionmaking, you are an enemy of liberty and an enemy of conservatism.

. . .

I choose liberty, and I choose my own conscience. And choosing that means, get this, that I must also choose liberty and the right to conscience for others.

This is a time for clarity, and this is a time for choosing. This is a time to discover who it is who really supports Liberty and Freedom, and who it is who is really all about Control and Conformity.

For many years, many conservatives have really been more about the latter than the former. I have admitted, and I will continue to admit, I was among them. I have long had pronounced authoritarian and statist tendencies.

I fight against them now, like an alcoholic fights his lust for drink.

. . .

It is time to put away childish things. Either you support liberty and justice for all, or you support it for none.

There's much more at the linkHighly recommended reading.

I find myself in agreement with many of his points.


1 comment:

C. S. P. Schofield said...

But, but, but….

If we don't all Conform to the standards of behavior and belief set for us from On High by our benevolent Progressive Masters™, why those same wise(nhimer), caring(for themselves) people might be force to face the fact that outside of their (poisonous) little clique, nobody actually LIKES them!

Can't happen a moment too soon.

That said, if you are in the business of selling stuff and services to people and the people you choose to serve is to narrow a demographic, you deserve to fail.

Not to be sued into penury. Just to fail.