Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Walking the Liberty Path

Tristan Dietz-Band said "There is no mass constituency for libertarianism."

There's no mass constituency for liberty, because it's not a widely understood concept. what "everyone knows" is against us.

We're like people in 1700 who realized that Slavery was awful, vile and wrong. Too few people agree with us to put the realization into action.

In time enough people realized it was wrong so that the institution died.

Mahatma Ghandi was spectacularly successful at offering his ideas as an alternative - in time India shrugged off the British occupation.

So there's grounds for hope.

But when you're in a long term project, you take it one day at a time and do the next right thing. Have faith that doing the right thing, saying the right thing are steps in the right direction.

You can't fix a culutural maladjustment easily. In time someone will climb the mound we have built shovel-full by shovel-full and say "Hey! Wait! using coercion is wrong!"

He'll be lionized as a great liberator and revolutionary.

So. Take a deep breath. Understand that once you see the truth, you can't really un-see it. Get ready for the long haul.

I can't make any promises, except that it feels better inside to do the right thing, even when most folks who don't know any better call you a clown or an idiot about it.

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