Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Liberty is always right

Liberty is always right

Respect for individual liberty, also known as "libertarianism" or "anarchism" is always right, whether you or I have already grasped all the implications completely or not. In the cases where I haven't "grasped it all", if those cases exist, give me time and I hope I come to understand the parts I am missing. If I am not fully "there" yet, it is not the fault of the philosophy, but of me.

Every argument against self-ownership or self-determination ("anarchy") falls apart when examined closely enough. I have learned enough to realize that justifications for coercion are always based upon false notions and deluded beliefs. Always. Even if I don't know what those faulty foundations are just yet, others have examined that very issue before me and have rooted out the flaws. And once again, justifications for externally-imposed coercive government, even your favorite brand, fail right before your very eyes.

However, I also have learned enough to see that those who staunchly refuse to admit this can not be "convinced". They have too much time, and in some cases, blood, invested in "the system" to be able to admit they have wasted their lives and also admit they have (often) demanded that others waste their own lives in "service" of flawed ideals. Or even evil.

Time after time, debates with those who still cling to some form of collectivism or socialism allow me the chance to examine my own position. All humans are subject to confirmation bias, but I seriously try very hard to examine the other person's position to see if I am off-base somewhere. And admit it if I am. So far the only times I have found my position to be flawed was when I still held on to some form of collectivism. Those cases are getting mighty rare now.

"Government-owned" roads continue to be a stupid idea, as evinced by an inter-thief fight over who's to blame for an accident on an Albuquerque road. Was the rider (the only person apparently not being blamed by the aforementioned thieves) at fault, or is the road dangerous? If the road is dangerous can the injured rider sue the "owner", and if he wins, be paid restitution directly out of the guilty owner's pockets? In turf wars like this, "taxpayers" always lose.