Why you are a Libertarian (whether you know it or not).

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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.


What are you good at, and what do you do?


In case you missed the title, what are you good at?  Are you good at writing?  Maybe you are good at teaching?  Are you an all pro linebacker?  Do you build amazing kitchens?  Can you rebuild an engine in your living room while watching the Simpsons?  I don’t know what I’m good at.  Do you?

In my experience, most people don’t really know what they are good at.  What are we told to do in that case?  Well, often we are told to go to college.  Those first 18 years were basically a mulligan.  You are told you don’t really know what you want to do, so go to college.  That will get you ready for the real world.  OK. What am I going to study?  Well, get a business degree.  Everything in life is business.  It will be easier with a piece of paper.

So now we spent four years, and conservatively $25000 getting a degree.  Which by the way is $2.9 million by retirement if you had invested it instead of spending it on college.  Thats not related, but I figured you should know.

So now what?  Well, I really like cooking, but I have this business degree, so I should go get a job in management.  I really like tinkering with lights, but I can’t pursue that, because I have to use this degree.  I like to forge knives, but I can’t, because I have to use this degree.

Even worse is when you don’t know what you are good at, even with the piece of paper.  So we plunge headfirst into a world we don’t want, and a world that doesn’t want us.  We are the lost, the overlooked, the ignored.  At best we get worn down to fit into the square hole.  We settle into the placid suburban life, and lie to ourselves that it makes us happy.  At worst, we spend our entire lives running from ourselves.  Unable to rest, because no matter how far you run, you are right there with you.

I got started thinking of this yesterday, because I saw an article, based on a book.


I have always struggled with the break between my passions of food, cooking and agriculture, and my ability to provide a living for myself and my family.  Who doesn’t struggle with this?  My dad would chuck is IBM life in an instant to live in his truck with a beret, and banjo and an easel.  I want to run screaming from a retail career (and who doesn’t) and live on a mountain and raise goats and cows to sell.  A friend of mine goes to school, to learn how to run his business, which takes time away from his running his business.

Although the book excerpt and the article make the contention that if you are unsure, you should farm, I don’t whole heartedly agree with that.  Yet I could completely understand the passion of the writer in talking about how much happier he was following his dream.  Wouldn’t we all be in a better place, if only we stopped to become the best in the world at whatever we cared about.  In the future, someone who can make the knives in the world will be a hell of a lot more valuable than an average middle manager.  Maybe we should all stop trying to fit in that damn square hole.

We all know someone who struggles with this disconnect.  My goal was simply to get you to think about it.  I know from experience how lonely that place of struggle is.  Reach out to someone today, and tell them their dream isn’t stupid.  Tell them, they should work towards that future.  Share this post with them, or send them a personal message.  Wouldn’t we all be better of if we did that instead of sanding down each others edges?