Happy Tyr’s Day
We are born free. For libertarians like myself, this is a simple and true statement. It is after the moment of birth that people begin to try to place shackles on us. They do this with a lot of good intentions, but the best of intentions cause a great amount of harm the majority of the time and one of the casualties of these chains is our freedom. To be ‘woke’ in the libertarian sense is to recognize the chains that are imposed on us by others and then break them. Whether those chains come from religion, society or government.
The distinction is understanding that voluntary consent is the great difference maker in relationships. It is what makes sex not rape; a job not slavery; and a transaction of value not robbery. If there is NOT consent in these things they become rape, slavery, and robbery. When you are forced to do something against your wishes, that is being chained. It’s coercion and it is wrong.
This is why most libertarians find most of what the government does to be illegitimate. Some of us see government in the way the Founding Fathers of the United States saw it – ‘a necessary evil’ and others see it as completely illegitimate. The one thing we all agree on is much of what the government does is force compliances to its wishes with force, the threat of force (coercion) or fraud. Because none of this involves consent; they are no better than kidnappers, extortionists, and thieves for the most part, except what they do has been deemed legal by society.
As a classical liberal, I accept that some government is necessary, but not because I think society wouldn’t do well without it. I rather accept the fact that most people will not accept the idea of anarchy. No matter how much you educate people on this, they want some central authority to appeal to if things go to shit.
So I accept that the government might be a necessary evil but I want it to have very specific and limited uses. 1) Protect my rights – make sure I am accorded my life, liberty, property, and ability to pursue my own happiness. As long as I am not harming anyone else’s rights, I should be allowed to exercise my own and the government should protect that. 2) Provide a court system to settle disputes but also don’t forbid or regulate private arbitration. This court system should also provide just punishment for those who violate other people’s rights including when agents of the government do it. 3) Provide a means of education for the purpose of people learning their rights, but also have no say in private education that wishes to exist. I see a government that should be involved in defense, public safety, justice, and education. Everything else, they should butt out as it is not really their business.
To the Wolves and Ravens:
The one thing that is hard for people to accept because they have gotten so used to their chains is a simple fact that society advances far better when people are free and voluntarily doing the things they love to do. I have never found self-fulfillment in complying with the wishes of others and I would say that it creates a mental state that doesn’t help anyone around me either. WE NEED LIBERTY to be better people and thus have a better society of people who work together freely.
I find myself these days attracted to those who are deemed criminals. Mostly because I don’t see a crime unless there is a victim. If you can’t show me a victim to the crime where they were forced, coerced or fraudulently treated then I say there is no crime. So when the government passes laws where there is no victim but something is declared a criminal activity, I applaud the criminal element for taking that nonsense on. They are real patriots at that point in my book. I want to live in a society free from these moralistic chains that criminalize people who have victimized no one.
That said I am no fool. I kick in The Book of Rabyd 2:2 at this point. I also engage in the 11th commandment – ‘Don’t Get Caught” and part of not getting caught is tolerating the law, even when it is stupid, to avoid incarceration. To work to change the law and get rid of laws that create crimes out of the air that have no victims. At the same time, the government has the real potential to go too far. Revolution and disobedience are options for me. I refuse to accept any of society’s chains on me. I tolerate the annoying, but I will gladly revolt against the tyrannical.
Mostly I simply work to live as freely as possible. To avoid the nonsense and yet at the same time pursue freedom and liberty, because it is those things that allow me to improve myself and my situation. Wisdom says I need the liberty to pursue a better life for myself, but society will also try to put its chains on me and I need to know what to do to avoid that as well.
If my paganism keeps me free from the chains of religion in regards to spirituality, my libertarianism does the same when it comes to the forces of society and government. Shackles are impositions, we are not born with them and we should do everything in our power to maintain our birthright of being free.
You are born free; learn to stay free.
The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard, and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.