I Am Not a Libertarian
Leonard Nimoy once wrote a book entitled “I Am Not Spock”, and fan outcry was so great that he felt compelled to make the title of his next book “I Am Spock”. Whether he truly loved the character, as he insisted late in life, or was disenchanted by the role but felt he couldn’t publically acknowledge this, is beyond my ability to determine.
Regarding my political stances:
In short, I am neither a Libertarian nor a libertarian, although I am somewhat sympathetic to the political organization and share many of my conclusions with the philosophical school. As to why not: I don’t align myself with any political organizations in the case of the former, and I don’t believe the philosophy is capable of being applied by any existing society of human beings in the case of the latter.
I think order arises from below, not imposed from above, and that there can be an ‘above’ only to the degree that it first rises from the lowly. I think government is incapable of forcing people to make the right decisions, and that it shouldn’t attempt to do so. I think humanity is not a communal superorganism, athough its evolutionary path might once have been leading towards that end, and that society is only composed of the choices and behaviors of countless individuals rather than being an effective entity in itself. I think a well-designed government provides only the benefits which higher organization is necessary for and then carefully limits its ability to prevent individuals from choosing wisely.
But I also believe that choices should be ‘rewarded’ or ‘punished’ in the only reliable, objective, and ultimately fair way: by permitting their natural consequences to occur without interference. It’s the Prime Directive, it’s wu wei, it’s letting hands burn themselves once so that they will be twice shy.
And one of the consequences of that stance is that people cannot be protected from the negative consequences of their own choices.
I believe we have progressed, or more accurately regressed, to the point where too many people are incapable of directly managing their lives wisely and well. We’ve gone past the point of no return. Trying to apply a libertarian social model to the existing population pool would be doomed to failure. So would NOT trying to apply a libertarian social model. Our society, as a whole, cannot be salvaged. Parts of it may be capable of saving themselves, but I am not sanguine regarding that possibility. It is not a question of whether a collapse will come, but when, of what nature, and how much will be lost in the process.