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Alright, the other day I popped off a piece referencing Perry de Havilland’s take on this idiotic post over at The Daily Kos. Now it turns out that Drizzten has done more of a point-by-point on the idea of "libertarian democrats." I’m half tempted to throw the whole thing up here, out of a sense of mercy to those who value their eyes (go and see what I mean), but I’ll just hit this, here:

[Kos:]

‘Traditional "libertarianism" holds that government is evil and thus must be minimized. Any and all government intrusion is bad.’

[Driz:]

"That’s because libertarianism is generally concerned with one thing: reducing the prevalence of aggression
(the initiation of physical force or the immediate threat of it) in
society. That’s the prime political principle and all else flows from
it
. It isn’t a simple-minded hatred of government. It’s an integrated,
clear-minded hatred
of what government
does.

"And that is in turn based upon an understanding of reality and the
human condition, an understanding that says individuals have the
capability and the right to think and act for themselves.

"It isn’t about just flipping the bird at Uncle Sam."

[Emphasis in bold, mine.]

Indeed. Ah, yes. I know that with virtually every post, I risk being dismissed as someone who’s just enraged, acting out and thrashing about. And I get some of that, too, at times — even from family. It’s far easier than coming up with actual "integrated, clear-minded" arguments, I suppose. But mostly I think (well, hope, actually) that what I do here identifies very deep inconsistencies between the bromides people go about mindlessly spouting off ("Land of the Free," anyone?) and the actual factual reality of the matter — and people just don’t really know how to deal with it. Well, I don’t either, except to go about pointing it out — perhaps in some vein hope that people really can’t live a contradiction all their goddammed lives.

"Hope on, sucker," I say to myself.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More

1 Comment

  1. Charles Hueter on June 12, 2006 at 06:30

    "…out of a sense of mercy to those who value their eyes…"

    If this is a crack against my decidedly nonstandard layout, then rest assured I'm planning a change in the upcoming weeks.

    A part of me wants to track this latest movement in political myopia to see how they deal with the conflict between the collectivism they inevitably value higher than the individualism necessary for the coherent advocacy of freedom.

    Another part says don't bother because you'll end up writing roughly the same post over and over again, convinced the grip these people have on reality is tenuous at best.

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