We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It can be said, with some justice, that libertarians apply only one measure to every issue. But what a sublime yardstick it is. Libertarians ask, about each thing they encounter in public life, “Does this promote the liberty, responsibility, and dignity of the individual?” Libertarianism can have political implications, but politics is, by definition, mass action. And libertarians don’t believe in the masses. They believe in the individuals huddled in those masses. A pure libertarian is opposed to politics down to the soles of his shoes (or, libertarians being libertarians, down to the bottom of his sandals worn with socks). Libertarianism is contra-political, an emetic dose to be given to politics.
--to paraphrase an old comment (of BD's?), 'I've never shaken hands with a 'collective' --nicely picturing 'nature' with her own hands side by side with 'administration' --which has no hands but your own, no form or substance but your own.
I'm continually shocked that the "the liberty, responsibility, and dignity of the individual" don't factor even a little into the political thinking of most people. They just bleat like lambs asking for more handouts,
I usually ask, about different legislation, "does this benefit me or someone else, in particular?"
If it does, then it's probably a bad idea. However, if it is offered, one is foolish not to accept benefits when they are provided. This is the essential flaw of the Progressive view. They see it as a "responsibility" to not "take advantage" of the political and economic specials they offer citizens and groups of citizens.
If I qualify for a special kind of medical benefit because of my age, even if I'm a multi-millionaire, then I'm foolish to not use it. After all, I've paid in for it, haven't I? It's as much mine as it is anybody else's. Progressives would say "NOOOO, you're supposed to NOT take from that pot, it's only for the special group we outlined it for, and because you're wealthy or have differentiating circumstances, be a good citizen and stand down."
But....despite differentiating circumstances, if I still qualify, then I should take them. Even if my conscience tells me I disagree with Progressives setting up said program. And the reason is simple - it's mine. I paid. I qualify. I should take it.
I hate the commuter benefit offered to me. Despise it. But it's mine. So I'm using it. I've had people say to me "but if you disagree you shouldn't use it."
I respond "all the more reason why I should use it - to show just how ludicrous it is. It's my right to have it, it's my right to use it, and even though I would vote against it, I'm going to put it to work for me because that's what it's there for."
Stupid Progressives. Seriously - they are the simplest of creatures. They may mean well, but they have very sloppy thought processes.
I apply for and consume every benefit the Progressive state offers me.
Although I think the rules of the game are wrong, and actively work to change them, the rules are what they are. If we want to truly test the Prog model, we must all participate.
(If we truly want to break the Prog model, we must all participate)
And I suppose there is a chance that those technocrats really are as smart as they think they are, and I need the handouts more than my pride will admit. My subjective evaluation (feelings) should be subordinate to what the ministry and its formulas show as truth.
I am finding as I age that the old anabaptist impulse of wanting to be left alone appeals to me. I see the dynamic tension between personal liberty and community growth. I always lean toward the individual. The eminent domain laws really seem too convenient when coupled with the progressive desire to control everything.
So although I am socially conservative-it only extends to my bedroom-since I really don't care what others are doing in theirs. Libertarian could easily become libertine if not for “Does this promote the liberty, responsibility, and dignity of the individual?”
I bet my political leanings bleed over into the other groups but not as much as progressives bleed all over mine.