Y'all, Kleinheider remains my favorite scary conservative blogger. As any long-time reader knows, I love to disagree with him (and sing little songs about him on my way to the bathroom while I'm at work: "Ooo Kleinheider your corners are mitered and all of the folks want to know if you're real. Are you a loner who hides in a corner or are you a military-grade trained seal?" Obviously, it's not a very good song, but I defy you to find something that rhymes with 'Kleinheider.' Not so easy, is it, smartasses?)
Anyway, Kleinheider. Today he weighs in
on my "examination/fascination/flirtation with libertarianism."* And he cuts right to the heart of the matter in a way I had not quite been able to put together**.
Most people are weak. They need freedom, yes, but they also need things like authority and faith to make them whole.
Libertarians are attractive because, quite often, they are exceptions to this general rule. They are highly intelligent capable people able to tackle the obstacles of life mostly on their own without the benefits of the aforementioned institutions.
He identifies libertarians as utopians, which I hadn't put together, but seems exactly right. I'm all the time telling Sarcastro that most people want to be bossed around and Sarcastro rolls his eyes and ignores me, but I'm right.
We're pack animals. Nationality is a large pack we belong to. Most of us expect that pack to set some standards for behavior.
I don't know that I would call that "weakness." It's just how it is. But why quibble on one of the rare occasions when I agree with Kleinheider?
Now, back to my song***. You can join in if you like.
Ooo, Kleinheider your corners are mitered...
*Y'all! Can I just say that I love the idea of flirting with a whole political ideology? "Oh, libertarianism, you're so strong and you never presume to know what's best for me. Mmm. I like that in a political philosophy. Buy a girl a drink?"
**Because, as you may have guessed, I'm still stuck on what happens to any dependent in a libertarian society when faced with crappy parents. If no one can be compelled to take care of the kid, doesn't that violate his "natural rights"? Are the "natural rights" of adults more important than the natural rights of children? What about of old people?
***Yeah, I guess if the singing and the silliness have returned to Tiny Cat Pants you can rest assured that my Sunday drive did me good.