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Toward a New Liberty: Why We Disagree

August 21, 2014 in Blogs

By Political Zach Foster

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Many in the movement have called me a statist, and that pisses me off like you wouldn’t believe. (For starters, calling someone inside the movement a statist is childish ad hominem. It’s also a great way to get people to agree with you… NOT!

I’m a libertarian through and through, but I operate differently from most of you. Here’s how:

Most of you have a brilliant grasp of libertarian theory. You’re focused on the finish line. For some, the finish line is a government that obeys the Constitution to the letter; for others, the finish line is full harmonious anarchy.

You see how things ought to be, then you see how things are (police brutality, unjust wars abroad, obscene taxation) and the difference horrifies you.

It’s TOO EASY to focus on the finish line and then self-righteously preach about how the police are pigs, how we don’t need a standing army, how the state must be done away with, etc. Too easy!

I see the finish line and I want it just as badly as you do. But I also understand that we need to GET THERE first. It won’t happen overnight, and we won’t get to the libertarian society in one Great Leap Forward. It happens through baby steps.

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