Friday, 14 September 2012
With election season ramping up, we see a lot of political discussion all over the place. Debates about policies, beliefs, the economy, etc.
One thing that shocks me is the amount of discussion we see about platforms. I'm not talking about dems critiquing the republican platform or vice versa. What I'm talking about is those who are going around telling folks that "you're not conservative because..." or "your not a liberal because..." The oddest part is, it's not other folks of the same ideology telling them this, either. It's libs telling conservatives that they're not conservative, or conservatives telling folks their not libertarian.
Who are we to tell each other what we are? Especially when you people don't ever seem to get it right.
Those who seem to go around finger pointing, and saying these things, are usually way off base what the other side is about. Liberals calling conservatives "poor haters" and conservatives calling liberals "queer, baby killers." Or just completely being way off target as to what the subject's leaning actually are.
I've seen a lot of folks talking about libertarians lately. It seems the basic gist is that libertarians want some sort of Mad Max world, complete and total anarchy.
Not quite. Hell, not even close. Libertarians aren't anarchists. Anarchists are to the extreme right of the political spectrum. Libertarians do not fall there. They don't fall anywhere on the traditional left/right spectrum at all. And that's where the problem lays.
There is so much more to the political spectrum than left/right. There's also up/down. Up being libertarian, which is a bit of a mix between traditional liberal/conservative tenets, and down being statist, another type of mix.
Trying to dumb it down to a central idea is idiotic, at best. How would those of you on the left feel if I just said that liberalism is about gov't controlling our lives and tossing away traditional morals and ethics? After all, it's the left that gave us Obamacare, gay marriage, and abortion. How would those of you on the right feel if I said that conservatism is about gov't controlling our lives and tossing away traditional morals and ethics? After all, it's the right that wants to ban gay marriage, keep drugs illegal, and wages war without officially declaring it.
See what happens when one tries to fit an ideology into a single sentence?
The problem here is, I don't think these folks are just that confused about libertarianism, though. I really think they see it as a threat, so they misrepresent it, just as they do the traditional left/right opposition. Sorry, but it can't be more clear when both sides (who usually can NEVER get along or agree) suddenly use the same arguments to attempt to discredit libertarians.
Don't try to say "hey, they both agree, they must be on to something!" It just doesn't work that way. Especially when they go after any opposition by simply mischaracterizing it.
They claim it's confusing. How? Because they don't all blindly follow one another? That's less confusing than the left/right arguments that go on. The left is pro-choice and pro-welfare, even though the arguments for each contradict each other. "A woman's right to choose." "Don't be selfish." Well, which is it?
It's only confusing, because you choose for it to be confusing.
For those that are genuinely interested, don't go to a liberal or conservative to find out what being a libertarian is about, just as you wouldn't go to a conservative to find out what liberalism is about. And don't dismiss folks when they try to explain it to you, as well. Just shows that you're actually a close-minded jackass that can't think for yourselves.
Just takes a little bit of logic, folks.
You may not like it... but it's just the Grim Truth!