quarta-feira, 13 de dezembro de 2006

Why I'm a Libertarian -- or, Why Libertarianism is Beautiful

Stephan Kinsella: "(...)I mean what is it about it that you love; that drives you; that attracts you?

Walter's [Block] comment that libertarianism is beautiful struck a chord with me; I think I'd never thought of it that way before. It seemed just, and fair, and right, but beautiful--? but then, justice, and rightness, and fairness, and goodness are beautiful.

I think I'm a libertarian because for some reason I hate injustice; I hate bullies; I hate inconsistency; I love fairness and logical consistency and treating people correctly. I like answering the question asked, and not dodging issues: if someone asks how should this person be treated, I try to answer that question, rather than advert to some Marxian notion of utopia.

I like the ruthless logic of libertarianism and its unflinching honesty: how we are unafraid to say that people have a right to be greedy, or selfish, or rich, or not to hire people because of their race--because it is their property. I like the in-your-faceness of it ... when it is simply a matter of venting or justice to hurl in the face of a soma-ridden mainstreamer the solid, bracing truth about things, even if it will do no good. I like libertarianism--I love libertarianism--because I think it is the outcome of goodness applied to human interaction. I do agree that libertarianism is beautiful. It is refreshing and cleansing to know that I am willing to respect the rights of all who will respect mine; and to take the responsibility to earn my own way, and to pay for my own mistakes--and the right to profit from my successes. I am a libertarian because it is obviously good, and I would rather be good than evil; and the more good, the better."

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