November 24, 2007

Libertarians "Sith Lords of American Politics"

See, I told you I was a libertarian. That must make Dennis Kucinich one of whatever Yoda's race was. But where does that leave Ron Paul?

Washington Times:

Mr. Gillespie chuckles at the dark images that talk of libertarianism inevitably conjures up. "We're the Sith Lords of American politics," he says, referring to the "Star Wars" baddies. "We can show up in any group. We're both terrifying and devilishly attractive."
Of course, I'm not a libertarian like Nick Gillespie. He's in the cult of Ayn Rand. Ontological and epistemological certainty scare me.

That, and all the black leather. Any one who's met Nick knows what I'm talking about. It's like being a libertarian for some is an extension of some overwrought sense of fashion. Or, for libertarians like Drew Carey, a metaphysical excuse to hang out at the Playboy mansion guilt free.

I've hung out with too many libertarians to know that they are really not that committed to the idea of freedom as much as they are addicted to some pet vice that they wish to legalize/normalize.

They are libertines more than they are libertarians. The epiphany came to me when I called the head of the libertarian party in my state offering to run for Congress and he said something like, "We need more people living the libertarian lifestyle, maaan."

I got the distinct feeling that his "libertarianism" was directly related to the hemp clothing I could tell from his voice he was wearing.

I describe myself as a Burkian libertarian. Committed to liberty on the basis that history should have taught us the lessons of statism, but not so naive as to think that all state functions should be abandoned in one fail swoop.

My commitment to liberty is also rooted in my understanding of morality. I do not believe that one can be both moral and a slave. Morality is ultimately tied to the decisions we make. Hence, limit one's decisions and you limit one's ability to be moral.

A person who is forbidden from taking drugs is neither moral nor immoral. He is a slave to society.

A person who is given the choice of taking drugs, and chooses not to, has made a moral decision.

Similarly a person who voluntarily gives to the poor is moral. Taking my money from me to give to the poor does not make me either good or bad. It makes me a slave. All of you may be good masters, but no matter how good the master that still makes me a slave.

Ultimately, in my way of thinking, America will be a better place morally if Americans were to choose to do that which is right.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:17 PM | Comments |