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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Freedom isn't totally "free" in some sense.

In order for you to be free, your neighbor must be free, in the long run.
Eventually the mechanisms that suppress behavior you find reprehensible will be used against you too.
Eventually the totalitarian machines in far off lands will create totalitarian machines here, to fight against them, if you let that happen.

In order for the nice normal middle class people to keep their nice normal middle class life, the druggies, gays, people of color, sex freaks, hippies, etc, have to have a place to go where they can do their own thing. And vice versa.

This is the real price of freedom, not bloodshed, but tolerance of things that you don't like. And that means the responsibility to make choices and live your own life, not by default, but because you want to. You don't get to sit back and let life live you. If you do that, you're not really alive, and furthermore, you're killing the rest of us. Put the bullet in your brain, get it over with and let the rest of us go on in peace.

I suspect that the modern idea of "having it all" amounts to really having nothing at all - eliminating all choice, and thus all meaning, to anything you "have". It's a subtle form of suicide. Once you don't have to choose between this or that, what are you doing? Just existing, waiting for the body to give out. You might as well just go on heroin, it's less stressful, and it will make the time go by quicker.

Ideally, life should be an essay question, not even multiple choice. But that is still better than true or false, which is the kind of half-life that's being created for us by certain elements in our society. "You're either with us or against us, male or female, gay or straight, sober or clean, 'educated' or a 'loser', etc" And one day that will lead to a gun in your face "choose the answer we like or die" and that will be the final choice.
Which doesn't amount to much of a choice at all, in my opinion.


Anonymous jeremy said...

Beautifully said. It really hits home this idea that a free society is more than just axiomatic, atomic libertarianism. We need to confront the managerial society and the need for some to make others dependent on them - as well as the need for some to buy their dependence at others expense.

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Anonymous libertarianlady said...

Great post.

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