Tuesday, January 31, 2006
So, I've made it up to Chapter Two in Libertarianism: A Primer and I can only conclude that either David Boaz is an idiot or he thinks his readers, of which I am one, are idiots. Since he's some bigwig at the Cato Institute* and I am your lowly blogger, I'm going to assume that I'm supposed to be the idiot here. I'm just at the point where Boaz is claiming that libertarianism is the preferred way of getting along in the world. Preferred by whom? By God. Yes, in a real live book about a real live philosophical system, that is supposed to give me enough information to decide whether libertarianism is the right political framework for my thinking, number two on the reasons libertarianism rules (Number one: Because it's better than socialism.) is "Because God Likes It Best." This? This is a reason to pick a philosophical system? Because some god somewhere made some passing reference to not liking kings? Well, shoot, one of my gods says "What does it hurt if a woman has a husband or a lover or both?" Shall I run out and acquire for myself a husband and some lovers just because some god said it wasn't that big a deal? Even if it bothers my husband or my lover or both? Or shall I continue to assume that what gods do is their business and the arrangements people make between themselves are best left to be worked out among themselves? Anyway, there's something deeply, deeply funny about arguing for libertarianism--a political system based on severe individualism and self-determination--by saying "You should do it because God likes it." *It doesn't have anything to do with this post, but this dude is with the Cato Institute as well and I've been totally digging on him since I found him. This is libertarianism a girl like me can take to bed in good conscience.