Fostering Change Through Positive Intentions

Fostering Change Through Positive Intentions

I believe in the cause of freedom and liberty and am opposed to the corrupting nature of politics. I believe that our government is run, not by elected officials that are answerable to their constituency, but by a corrupt unelected elite shadow government composed of government agencies, special interest groups, large corporations, and lobbyists.

I love to read intelligent people who have a window into the true operations of this corrupt system and attack it with erudite and witty commentary. I also love when this system is pointedly and unapologetically attacked and exposed.

I also believe, as much as I like the fight, that the real progress for liberty will be made by those who resort to truth, peace, understanding, and finding common ground with others, who while they may not share the entire libertarian agenda, do share our love of peace and freedom.

I recognize that libertarians are in the minority and our beliefs, while growing, are still not widely shared and in order for others to be brought closer to our beliefs we must continue to try to teach people, to help them think in new ways, and to consider new ways of human organization, without turning them away. We must be compassionate in our approach seeking to offer value where we can.

This does not mean we should turn from our basic and guiding principles. We should not for instance, make any compromise on the non-aggression principle. Not aggressing against others is a fundamental principle of libertarianism. We must continue to promote a voluntary society free of government coercion and oppression. We must stand for property rights, and by extension the right of association, and the right to dispose of one’s property as one sees fit.

What we shouldn’t do is burn bridges. We need to be able to have an open and honest dialogue with those who hold opinions that are different than ours, as long as they give us the same courtesy. We need to be open to reconsidering our opinions, and avoiding dogma, in order to get at truth, which should be our ultimate goal. We should leave the door open to cooperating with those who share some of our views in areas where we can agree, and agree to disagree in areas where we differ.

We can further the cause of liberty and peace better if we actually practice liberty and peace. If we look for ways to work together, not compromise, where those opportunities arise, we will find we can make inroads in areas previously closed off to our ideas. We must calm our own hearts and minds, and approach the world with confidence and assuredness in our ideas, while at the same time being open to other opinions knowing we can do this without sacrificing our basic principles.

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