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Libertarianism is an Elusive Dream That Contradicts Human Nature

Written by Subject: The R3VOLution Continues with Jet Lacey

Libertarianism is an Elusive Dream That Contradicts Human Nature

(Vae Victis - The Law of the Jungle Reigns Supreme)

 

“We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality” – Ayn Rand

 

I wish I was wrong but I’m convinced.

John Adams said “The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their…sentiments of their duties and obligations.” It is this same spiritual process I’m going through with the Liberty/Anarchist/Agorist/Voluntarist movement.  The best analogy I can think of is that it’s like a girlfriend you’re wildly attracted to and you’re even interested in the same sorts of things, but in your heart of hearts you know the relationship is deleterious; that it’s somehow holding you back.

Someone once said to me, “Judge the relationships in your life as though the negative and positive aspects were placed upon a set of scales.  If the positives outweigh the negatives it’s worth maintaining.  If not then it isn’t.”  The fact is, while the freedom movement remains extremely attractive to me, I have come to realize that it is as malignantly dysfunctional as the aforementioned girlfriend, and at this point the negatives outweigh the positives. 

As I stepped back to contemplate my future, I began to think about how the various “sects” within the freedom movement are simply too sanctimonious and fractious to garner any real change. And despite what anyone says to the contrary, what freedom fighters seek is a paradigm shift in political power; from the hands of a few back to where it rightfully belongs, with the individual.  However, as unfortunate as it is, I am starting to think that Mao Zedong was correct when he said “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”  If you believe in the principles of individual liberty as I do, Chairman Mao was wrong in believing that “might is right,” but in one way he was correct because it is the way the world is and always has been. 

So the question is, when the time comes that I feel physically threatened by the jackboots, will I rise up and fight or will I choose to remove myself from the situation, at least until it is impossible to do so any longer?  The answer is, I don’t know.  But when that day arrives, that’s when I’ll make my “fight or flight” decision.  Suffice it to say, I will prepare for that eventuality as much as possible. 

But this is my grain in the sands of time and the truth is, I need to bring more joy into my life. I’m in my prime and yet I’m beginning to feel like I’m wasting it; pissing it away on some fool’s errand.  Am I really making the best use of my time on Earth by advocating freedom for 300 million angry cowards? 

Life is about the journey itself - the divine struggle that is the Human Condition.  There is no destination; only a journey of learning and self-discovery.   

One of the things I’ve come to understand is that true libertarianism is a state of enlightened being that is unattainable by most people, either by nature or by nurture.  As we have evolved, we have become far more intelligent but we are no more enlightened.  We remain wretched, self-absorbed, and easily manipulated slaves because we are intrinsically motivated by our animal desires.  And although we are creatures who can survive in the most hostile environments as a result of that innate selfishness, we know better.   It is the knowledge and ability we have to meet our needs without predating upon others that separates us from mere animals.  In most cases we simply choose not to.  Once we reach Erikson’s Early Childhood developmental stage, we realize that taking from others is wrong because it hurts when it happens to us. Knowing right from wrong is the definition of conscience, and each time we ignore what our conscience tells us, the path toward our own enlightenment grows a little longer. 

The bitch of it is, on this plane of existence we are also bound by the laws of physics, and one of those laws is the path of least resistance.  In this context, it is often easier to take what we need from another than it is to provide it for ourselves.  The duality of knowing right from wrong coupled with our selfishness and the tendency to take the path of least resistance is a cruel paradox and I believe that finding solutions to the paradox is, or at least it should be, a primary directive of Homo sapiens

It is these realities that make libertarianism the dream that it is and nothing more.     

As human beings, we are failing in the quest for enlightenment as miserably now as we ever have.  So, to my peers in the Freedom Movement, please don’t think I’m turning my back on you – it’s just that, for right now, my chosen path to create a better world for me and my family is diverging from the movement’s. But please don’t think that I regret the time we’ve spent shoulder-to-shoulder for a single minute. I’ve grown so much from my experiences and I’ve got nothing but love in my heart. 

And finally, even though this is the equivalent of a “Dear John” letter, can we still have a “booty call” for freedom now and again? 

 

5 Comments in Response to

Comment by Jet Lacey
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Thanks for all the great comments!  I do sincerely appreciate the feedback.  Plus, it was KICK ASS chatting with you on the phone yesterday, "Ned the Head."  lol.  I especially loved how you schooled me on the pros of having a Pseudonym.  Are you trying to tell me something?  You rock, Brother.

Comment by Ned The Head
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I end up with Don on this one. I explain to people that I'm a "lifelong activist" meaning I started out of high school and have been active to this day. I just take LONG ASS BREAKS now and then. You know for like making money and dealing with reality. The whole RPR thing was clearly a ride to jump on board for, it turned out to be a ton of fun and we have in fact influenced the entire political discourse of the nation.

I never thought for a single moment we'd "win" with RP. I figured we'd get out of it exactly what we got. Which is to be taken seriously. To get our economic theories out there. To make "libertarian" fashionable instead of laughable. And now we've got all the problems that come with it: imitators, infiltrators, corruptors, people like Oyate, etc. Sucks to be popular.

And every now and then it does seem like movements can take left turns and loose their direction. Sometimes it's best just to step back and wait it out. Kind of a Zen approach. Accept what is. Let it change itself. Perhaps the illusion was that we were in control of the movement in some way to begin with. We of all people should know you can't control freedom. We can control ourselves to some degree.

One of my fave "Ernie-isms" is if you aren't having fun you ain't doing it right. And if ya ain't doing it right, one very reliable option is to stop doing it for a while.

Besides, as others point out, it's not like you are going anywhere physically or philosophically, you aren't going to start being against freedom, you probably aren't going to start voting dem just to spite us.

Yeah, frankly all I'm sensing is some frustration and fatigue here. I predict you'll be back. Chillax until elections and see what happens.

 

Comment by Don Wills
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I've seen this movie before. Young idealistic individualist finds liberty dream. Believes it is attainable in a few years. Works tirelessly to promote libertarianism. Lack of success causes discouragement. Young individualist gives up advocating liberty and moves on with life.

I have some suggestions for those of you who are at some stage in this process -

1. Do not embrace the absolutism that government is bad. The founders believed that the optimal organizing principle of human society at this point in our evolution is a limited government, not no government. 99% of Americans believe this too.

2. Do not set your time frame expectations too short. It took the founders 20 years to muster the courage and conviction to write the Declaration of Independence.

3. Become a salesman for liberty, not an abrasive agitator.

4. Do something different. Found a new organization or political party. Become an intern in a politician's office. Do original research, then write a book that adds heft to our philosophy. Do not blindly do the same thing that those who were there before you did - it hasn't worked in the last few decades, so don't repeat the same mistakes.

Comment by Justen Robertson
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The beauty of libertarianism is that it is individualistic in nature. If you believe that in order to have liberty you must convince 300 million people (let alone 7 billion) that it is moral and just, you are missing the point. The moment you realize it's right and start acting accordingly you are already free. The world is always going to contain thugs, thieves, murderers and parasites; if you think your freedom is contingent on getting rid of all of them or convincing them to change their ways, you are right - you have been entertaining a ridiculous fantasy.

The point is only to see the thugs for what they are. When you see a person in a government costume carrying a gun, you now know that they're no different from a person in a gang costume carrying a gun. Does that obligate you to engage in violent conflict with them? Far from it. Your rational response is to minimize the ultimate cost they incur to your person and property. If your assessment is that it is cheapest to cooperate in a given circumstance, do it. If you want to reduce your risk of harassment, find ways. I won't go into listing them here, but there are many, many means of reducing your exposure to the state. You don't need my permission to use them, and you certainly don't need an entire nation's permission. Just start doing it. If you have, you are already a part of the liberty movement. Kids on street corners with angry signs are armchair libertarians - just talkers; be a doer.

Comment by Justin Tyme
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Very well said, Jet.  Best wishes to you and yours!

 


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