Thursday, June 09, 2005

Just who is the lonely libertarian?

Just who is the lonely libertarian?

The lonely libertarian is a student at Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hamden Connecticut where he has just completed his first year. He has lived his entire life in the great state of Connecticut, graduating from the University of Connecticut Magna Cum Laude with a double major in history and political science.

Why is the lonely libertarian not a big “L” Libertarian?

A big L would apply some sort of affiliation with the Libertarian Party. While the lonely libertarian does appreciate the Libertarian party, he has far too many substantial disagreements to consider joining the party.
(In the interests of full disclosure, the lonely libertarian would like it to be known that he has voted libertarian in the last two presidential elections- Harry Browne in 2000 and Michael Badnarik in 2004. These were protest votes, as the lonely libertarian recognizes that a Badnarik presidency may well have been the death of us all.)

Why is the lonely libertarian so lonely?

The lonely libertarian has trouble finding anyone who agrees with both his domestic radicalism and foreign policy realism. The lonely libertarian also has a bit of trouble existing in a blue state youth culture that is very anti-Bush. This is the reason for this blog’s existence.

What are some of the key political positions and other concerns of the lonely libertarian?

* Drug legalization & The elimination of the War on Drugs
* A more open immigration policy
* More free trade (Free trade makes people, well, free)
* Support of the war on terror & the war in Iraq (they’re really part of the same policy)
* Preservation of civil liberties at home (some Patriot Act concerns are justified in theory, and should be opposed on such grounds- but that doesn’t mean the entire Act is worthless)
* Politicians are politicians regardless of party affiliation, and they are concerned with acquiring and maintaining political power. As such, neither political parties nor political ideologies should be judged on the basic of this characteristic. And in turn, individuals should not be judged according to the beliefs held by or imparted upon their parties or ideologies of identification- rather, they should be judged by the views they hold, the statements they make, and the positions that they take.
* Elimination of government bureaucracy on all levels (more on this later)
* Desire for a government dedicated to maintaining safety and security that otherwise does not interfere into lives of the people.
* Opposition to liberals and leftists on both policy and philosophical bases. This includes rejection of the reactionary opposition to George Bush and the war in Iraq, and rejection of many of the ideological premises that liberals use to support issues like gay marriage, which the lonely libertarian also supports.
* And much, much more …


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