What do you think of when you think of a libertarian?  If you are a statist, you probably think of a bomb flinging anarchist.  If you are a conservative, you see someone who wants to pass out pot to gay people on their way to getting married.  If you are a liberal, you see someone who uses their knife to pull the trigger on their gun while they run over homeless people they refuse to help.

No matter what you thought of. you are wrong.  If you think you are anything other than a libertarian, you missed the point.  You are a libertarian, whether you know it or not.  The sooner we get more people to realize that truth, the better off we will be. Check out this quick quiz.  Its only 10 questions, just check it out.

Libertarianism is the true art of finding common ground, by respecting all peoples as equal.  A less eloquent way to put it is, you are free to swing your fist as hard as you want, until you connect with someone.  Libertarians believe that all men are born free, and created equal.  No matter what it is you want to do, you have the freedom to do so, as long as it doesn’t harm others.  Doesn’t that sound like something we could use more of in this country?

That sounds so simple, people tend to think it won’t work.  Yet what issues won’t that solve?  If you want to live gay, go for it, it’s none of the governments business.  If you want to do drugs, go for it.  As long as you don’t endanger anyone else.  By the way, we already have that function for alcohol.  If you want to own a big gun, go for it.  If you hurt someone with it, you are going away for a long time.

This works for every issue, I simply chose to use some of the most divisive and politically charged issues I could think of.  We have convinced ourselves that we know better how our neighbor should live their life, that we try to use government to enforce our values on someone else.  Who gave us the right to dictate what someone does in their own home?  Do you want the government coming in to your living room and telling you what to do?  Of course not.

Thats why I know that in our souls, each of us is a Libertarian.  Because none of us want someone else telling us what to do.  If you believe that you should be free to do whatever you want, but someone else should be restricted, then that makes you a hypocrite.  When explained simply, Libertarianism isn’t a unified philosophy.  In fact, getting libertarians to agree is like herding cats down a hall way.  Yet it works, because its most basic tenet is the freedom to live your life by your own code as long as it hurts no one else.  That is the core of tribal philosophy, and we need to start remembering that.  So much energy is wasted in trying to get others to conform to an ideal not their own.  Every day we either become more free, or less free.  Isn’t it about time we became more free.