This is a thread on Libertarian Values and how Libertarians see through the false dichotomy of "left wing" vs. "right-wing" and the plethora of
disinformation distributed by these two wings of the same bird.
I found out I'm a "Libertarian-Centrist" a few years ago, when all the "political spectrum" tests turned out results such as this:
Test your own position at The Political Compass
and post the results here if you want.
One of the favorite pastimes of a Libertarian is to poke fun at and make fun of how predictable, stereotypical and hysterically narrow-minded
liberals/democrats as well as republicans/conservatives are. For this purpose I will enjoy bashing them and posting jokes and comics about them
throughout this thread - humor as an educational tool.
We see leftists as people pro-social-freedom and anti-economic freedom.
We see rightists as anti-social-freedom and pro-economic freedom.
Libertarians are both pro-social-freedom and pro-economic freedom.
It does not take too much brains to figure out that both sides of the political stick seek to limit our freedoms. From the Libertarian perspective
both left-wing and right-wing are Authoritarian
In my opinion left vs. right is a false dichotomy
set-up to deflect and distract the masses from common sense so that they psychologically
reside at either of the two bottom sides of the Pyramid but never at the top, so that they are forever on thesis or antithesis but never experience
How incredibly narrow and misinformed people can be started dawning on me when, in political discussion, some people would quickly determine "You're
a typical liberal!" while others would quickly determine "You're a typical conservative!" I could even find posts on this website in which I've
been branded one of the two.
When you allow yourself to see from a perspective beyond the dichotomy you begin to realize that anything Bush did and everything Obama is doing is
actually nothing new but entirely predictable.
What we love about Democrats getting voted into office:
* Less international tension, more diplomacy, more tolerance, more psychology in diplomacy, less war, more social freedoms, more open-mindedness, less
What we hate about Democrats getting voted into office:
* Force-Fed political correctness, more bland "sameness", more poverty, bloated government, more cry-babies, less economic freedoms, more
What we love about Conservatives getting voted into office:
* More self-responsibility, more focus on inner values, more straight-talk, more opportunity for individual prosperity, more strength, smaller
government, less "tyranny-of-the-majority", more vision.
What we hate about Conservatives getting voted into office:
* More war, more religious bigotry, more machismo, more rigidity.
These patterns can easily be observed in governments around the world.
A Basic Lesson for Leftists
Giving people Fish for free does not work. Instead of handing out fish for free, teach them how to fish themselves
No matter what fancy terminology, statistics, socialist-rhetoric, spin, numbers or pleas for pity you use, it does not work, never has and never will.
It goes against common sense and nature itself. Thats why even things such as "Lets tax the rich and give it to the poor" are stupid, stupid,
stupid, stupid. Thats why all left-leaning countries achieve nothing more than widespread poverty sooner or later. History is proof of this.
A Basic Lesson for Rightists
Action creates Reaction. Attacking someone will always result in a counter-attack sooner or later. Seen long-term a military "solution" never is
a solution. It will only perpetuate more of what the military campaign tried to get rid of in the first place
No matter what fancy terminology, statistics, patriotic-rhetoric, spin, numbers or pleas for "security" you use, it does not work, never has and
never will. It goes against common sense and nature itself. "Lets go to war in order to create peace" is contradictory and ineffective nonsense.
History is proof of this.
You are responsible for your own Life
The main difference between an Authoritarian/Totalitarian (yes, thats you
if you are either a card-carrying Democrat or Republican) and a
Libertarian is the exaggerated amount of importance
assigned to the Government. The Libertarian is not waiting for the Government to "make
things better" or "lead the way" but takes emotional and psychological responsibility for his or her own life.
A Libertarian is not an Anarchist
Critics argue that we are Anarchists and that the world will spiral into chaos if we have our say. The distinction between an Anarchist and a
Libertarian is that we vote for "Smaller Government" while the Anarchist votes for "No Government". In our current times the goal of "No
Government" is unrealistic and not achievable in my opinion (and therefore a waste of time to pursue).
To be continued...
[edit on 1-4-2009 by Skyfloating]