I’ve been thinking a lot about my proclivity to label myself as libertarian lately. Mostly because I’ve been wondering what external stimuli have lead me to hold the beliefs I do and my slowly eroding faith in the concept of free will. That and I as soon as you realize you’re being slavishly dogmatic to any particular ideology you should likely take a step back and re-evaluate your accepted norms.
Libertarianism is sexy fringe politics, Utopian and likely the polar opposite of realpolitik. It does however have a great definition that I wholeheartedly embrace. Its everything else that comes after where things start to get a little murkier for me. The devil is in the detail as it were, and how that gets translated into actual policy that affects lives. There is not only hubris in setting and codifying ideology but also a dichotomy that conflicts with how your define yourself, since no matter what society you want to create you are likely to impinge somewhere on someones individuality and liberty. And then it just becomes degrees to which you’re willing to compromise. Or not compromise.
So given a limited number of check-boxes where you are forced (under duress) to pigeon hole yourself politically and ‘other’ doesn’t exist, I will still tick Libertarian or Classical Liberal if available. It likely the idealist in me, that benevolent autocratic philosopher king that wants to inflict on his Sims what he thinks is best for them. And clearly whats best for them is Libertarianism. If only they would stop rioting and listen to me…