Why I am a Libertarian
Nowadays, it sounds almost silly to say it, as if "freedom" were some outlandish adolescent ideal reserved for dreamers. Well, shit. I am a dreamer. Like our founding fathers were dreamers. And just because people have become comfortable with their cynicism...just because voters have learned to EMBRACE the chains their government graciously endows...well it doesn't mean I'm gonna toe the line along with the sorry bastards. Hell, if we all toed the line a few centuries ago, "Americans" would still be slurping milky tea every afternoon at 4 o'clock like a bunch of queen worshiping pansies.
Being a libertarian is tough. Most people think you're crazy if you are. "You can't possibly win," they'll chortle. As if "winning" is voting for the guy that peddles "hope" and peace and then actually RAISES military spending after being elected. Yeah, I feel like I hit the jackpot with that one. Thanks a million...or should I say, thanks a few trillion?
I guess I'm still pissed because I got in an argument with a friend of mine last night over the philosophy of liberty. You see, I contend that you can't assign rights to another person that you don't have yourself. What the hell do I mean? If I'm not allowed to steal from you, then I can't elect some representative to steal from you on my behalf. I can't do it, and a group of like-minded mobsters can't do it. If something is wrong, it's wrong regardless of how many people want to do the wrong, or if the wrong is committed by someone we've elected to represent us.
Example: if 10 of us are on a desert island...and one of those individuals works really hard at building a shelter, collecting food, fishing, and so forth...while the other nine people sit on their lazy asses and complain about their dire situation...those nine lazy bastards don't have the right to steal anything from the hardworking individual. Not even if they are starving. They can ask. They can bargain. They can beg. But they can't just TAKE. That's what I'm arguing.
Unfortunately, that's not the reality. The lazy, uncreative majority TAKE from the creative, the hardworking, and the lucky. They justify this taking by whatever rhetorical means possible. They'll claim that it's ok to STEAL (tax) so long as that money is being used for a greater good. You know, like bombing the shit of people living 8,000 miles away in a desert...or supporting 761 military bases worldwide (YES, 761), or "stimulating" the economy by literally printing money that doesn't exist. Let's call it what it is, people. It's utilitarianism. And not a very good implementation of utilitarianism (unless you consider the "greatest good" the biggest corporations and largest lobbying groups with the most criminal political scum in their pockets).
You want to be an asshole that steals from other people? Do it. You're not ashamed. You think you know better than me what to do with my hard earned money. Fine. But call yourself what you really are. A thief. Plain and simple.
A thief that steals a loaf of bread to "feed his family" is still a thief. So own it. Be proud of your collective criminal enterprise. You have won. Your fat family has taken over the territory like the mob...and now you are squeezing the entrepreneurs and artists that built this country so you can fund your even bigger criminal ventures in the name of the "public good" or "god" or "the children" or whatever other drivel you can muster up to win over the weak minded masses.
But me? I refuse. That's why I'm a libertarian.
I refuse to behave like a low-life criminal thug. I will never kill, enslave or steal. No matter how much the end appears to justify the means. I will never make you do something that you don't want to do. Ever. Under any circumstances. Because I believe in my freedom AND yours.
And Yes. I do think I'm better than you.
Here's a video that perfectly outlines the Philosophy of Liberty:
EDIT: Since posting this story, I completely changed my mind. I'm no longer a libertarian (or an advocate of any political philosophy). Sorry for wasting your time...