When this blog began back in 2005 (and my previous site before that) I focused a great deal of time based on looking at current events through a libertarian lense. When talking about politics it can get so simply boring talking again and again why both parties are basically wrong on the breadth of issues. It’s even more tiresome explaining to people that on all the major issues that really impact the future of America, the two parties are in agreement.
I live in a blue state and I have many liberal and progressive friends. They joined me enthusiastically in condemning the wars pre 2008, but I can’t seem to find any of them all that concerned about American deaths that happened even this week. I remain anti-war without regrets.
Even when it comes to voting and political activism, libertarian action is rather still-born. My state has now legally institutionalized the two-party system and libertarians no longer even appear on the ballot. I can’t even throw away my vote the way I want to.
Instead of these realities I’d just like to focus on the freedoms that do exist, and the new freedoms that our society gains. I was inspired by a book written by Harry Browne entitled “How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World.”
Harry Browne (who I cast a vote for in 1996 and 2000 presidential elections) focused on how we approach the notion of freedom incorrectly. Harry focused on freedom as something that makes everyone happy and allows you to expect nothing of other people. The book is now about 40 years old so some of the concepts are a bit outdated. If he hadn’t tragically left this world early, I think we would’ve seen a new edition of this book.
I make a lot of choices in my life to live as free as possible and many of them simply make sure that no one else is having to pay my way. It can be harder and trickier, but always comes with the satisfaction that I’ve done my part not to introduce coercion and violence into someone else’s life.
Politically my ideas may be outlawed from ballot access but I continue to trudge on seeking the opportunity to freely engage in whatever life brings my way. I hope to see this blog reflect on many of the happy experiences I will have and less on what’s so wrong with things I have no control over.