Tag: responsibility

Libertarianism is not Self-Destructive or Unsustainable

By Mason Mohon | @mohonofficial

A recent article by an unknown guest contributor on the Bilan Report suggested that a libertarian society is unsustainable for various reasons. Among these are the ideas that all personal freedom leads to libertinism, individualism is incompatible with the NAP (non-aggression principle), and the supposed libertarian assumption that all governance is bad. The author makes many misconceptions about libertarianism in their article. In response, this piece attempts to set the record straight on libertarian philosophy.

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Personal Responsibility and The Quest for Blame

By Fritz | United States

As the year 2018 continues ahead into the Summer Season, we have yet again in America come across what has become a rather typical news story: multiple teenagers dead in a shooting carried out by a lone gunman in a high school. Not even an hour after such news breaks, before there are even details that have been disclosed, the politicization of the event is underway.

That is true on both sides of the spectrum: Immediately there are those offering condolences, thoughts, and prayers. They are almost always quickly scrutinized and belittled by a segment of individuals who are angry (rightfully so, it is quite sickening to read or watch a breaking news story in which children are dying), but they are more than angry, a quick search of whatever hashtag is being branded on the incident will show you some pretty vile responses to someone expressing their sorrow.

Then there is the wave of gun control now statuses, where you typically will read lines such as “all assault weapons need to be banned,” “we need common sense gun control,” and now even more so, the bolder “ban all guns.” The latter is becoming more and more prevalent, as the most recent shooting which claimed the lives of 10 people, most of whom were young teenage students, was not carried out with the usual AR-15 Rifle, rather this time it was a .38 revolver and a shotgun, two guns that a few weeks ago any gun control advocate would have probably argued are completely fine because they aren’t “assault weapons.”

After a few days, what then happens is what I call the “quest for blame.” It is a natural occurrence because we all typically agree that no decent, sane human being carries out such acts of unspeakable violence. In the latest case, a number of issues have been brought up for discussion, including alleged bullying of the culprit, ease of access to guns for the culprit (they .38 and shotgun in question were legally purchased and owned by his father) and even Ollie North, the next NRA President, suggesting a combination of overexposure to violence and prescribed medication as a factor.

This is exactly what it becomes: Who or what caused this to happen? And the answer, unfortunately, is not a simple one. Some people try to pin it on a culture of violence: Television is more violent, movies are more violent, video games are not only violent but nearly at the peak of realism. Yet despite these facts, almost every major study conducted on video game violence shows no data to suggest that consumers become more violent due to the content of the games themselves.

Glenn Beck and numerous voices at The Blaze are arguing that still, culturally there is an overall lack of respecting the sanctity of human life. Beck argues that it boils down to the very issues such as abortion, where everything has been stripped down to the simple mechanics of a woman having the absolute right to control anything to do with her body, including whether or not she completes a pregnancy or terminates it. (Note: I am not arguing for or against the issue here, merely presenting someone’s opinion.)

My argument is that it well may be a blending of multiple things. Take myself as an example: At the time of High School, I had already experienced losing a parent, my father, when I was merely 4 years old; when I was 9 my 12-year-old sister was diagnosed with cancer and months later passed away; I was shy, introverted, not outgoing, quiet, kept to myself, played video games and struggled with my religious beliefs. Technically, you could profile me with that information.

At that time, I probably suffered from depression, but I dealt with the issues that life threw at me in my own way. My outlet was discovering music, and I fell in love with bands that people have never heard of and discovered Power Metal, which is my musical getaway from the world and helps me tackle my spiritual struggles.

During that time, I never sought to blame something or someone for life. It simply was. I never had a violent thought in my head, yet I played the first installments of Call of Duty and God of War. I went to the gun range with Scouts. Because of my religious beliefs and personality at the time, I was kind of an outcast and a weirdo. I dealt with my fair share of bullies, but never did I want to wish harm on people because that was the complete opposite of key things I was taught growing up.

As we all continue on, the struggle remains the same: Nobody wants to wake up and see a story of kids getting killed, but not everyone believes stricter gun laws will actually accomplish the goal of reducing violence. We then remained stalled, where we currently are, and that is not a good thing either.

You can never find a true solution, but we seemingly do not examine the entire picture in trying to find several solutions that could work for the better.


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“Planet-Lovers” Are Less Environmentally Conscious

By Mason Mohon | @mohonofficial

A University of Michigan study recently revealed that those who identify as extremely concerned about environmental matters such as climate change tend to be less environmentally conscious in their personal lives.

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An Honest Plan for the Future of Our Liberty

Michael McFarland | United States

Libertarians must become leaders in business, in politics, in education, and in science. More importantly, we must become leaders in our community, for it is in taking up that responsibility that we demonstrate how the philosophy of peace and prosperity is vastly superior to the authoritarian alternatives. That is how we win.

From the pothole filling anarchists who take it upon themselves to repair damaged roads, to the volunteers at the rec centers, and community gardens, we can see everyday examples of liberty in action.

You don’t have to wait for the election of a candidate to public office, or the passing of particular legislation to make a real impact. These things aren’t what truly matter.

Instead, I’d like for you to take a look around your community, and look for ways you can help improve it. I want you to look for actions you can take to improve the quality of life in your immediate area.

Is there trash you could pick up?

In addition, could your neighbors use some help with their yard or their home?

Also, how are the schools? After school activities? Your local religious institutions?

These are just a few examples.

The more we show how well taking responsibility for your own community works, and the more responsibility the community has for itself, then the less likely it is that the community will want to relinquish that responsibility to government bureaucrats and their goons.

Let’s not wait for the government to relinquish control. Let’s take it back by taking back our communities one neighborhood at a time. It’s time to show that government action is not necessary.

That’s how we win. That’s how we ease the fears of accepting responsibility for one’s own life, and that’s how we see more libertarian ideas penetrate this authoritarian system of control and subjugation.

#Rise #TakeHumanAction #GoldRush2018

***Michael McFarland is a guest contributor and he is currently running for Arizona State House. For more information, please visit his website at https://mcfarlandforaz.com/

Why Jordan Peterson Is A Libertarian’s New Best Friend

By Mason Mohon | @mohonofficial

In 1996 and 2000, the Libertarian Party nominated a self-help author as its presidential candidate.

Harry Browne was a veteran, capitalist, and investment guide that managed to grab the nomination spot for the LP. His advocacy for strong Libertarian principles, refusal to take federal matching funds, and charisma made him the type of Libertarian we were all longing for after 2016.

 

What stands out about him, though, is his book How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World. Being Libertarian, the book was, of course, about freedom, yet the related books on Amazon are not radical manifestos or economic treatises. Rather, they are self-help books.

Why in the world would a Libertarian activist and author be writing self-help? Browne wrote this book because he realized the libertarian movement needed something more than an angel candidate or a gracious billionaire donor. No, Libertarians need to be better versions of themselves. Jeff Deist eloquently explained this view around a year ago:

Both Deist and Browne discuss the importance of becoming better versions of ourselves and improving ourselves because that is what will improve the movement. Deist made clear that when teenagers would enter Ron Paul’s office in D.C. looking to help, the orders they received were to work hard in school and get a great job. They needed to go put their lives in order and sort themselves out.

Sounds sort of like someone else we’ve been hearing an awful lot about lately.

Dr. Jordan Peterson is a prominent psychologist that has repeatedly made headlines for many of his ear-catching ideas. Dr. Peterson is into Jungian psychoanalysis, and he is translating that into layman’s terms so that young men and women internationally can better themselves in whatever way possible.

He lectures the viewers of his popular YouTube page about how they can “sort themselves out” by “cleaning their rooms.”

Oh yeah, and he is a self-help author. Ever since the release of his book 12 Rules for Life on Amazon he has kept a secure hold of the #1 most-read nonfiction book. Jordan Peterson is saying what everyone knows but don’t know that they know. He is helping his viewers reveal the truth about how to bring order out of chaos within their own lives. His ideological revolution is monumental and unprecedented.

How does this tie to libertarianism?

Something that many libertarians are seeming to forget, notably those within the LP, is that we need to be responsible for our own lives. Ayn Rand touched on this for many, yet with that came the package ideology of Objectivism, which proves questionable for anyone wanting to help the poor.

Instead, we are faced with hedonist libertinism. We have gone from “free-markets are great and we need to take control of our own lives” libertarianism to “I want the government off my back so I can do whatever the hell I want” libertarianism.

One of those sells well to those looking to improve the livelihoods of themselves and those around them. The other sells well to man-babies who’s chances of ever actually “growing up” are very, very low.

True libertarianism doesn’t mean freedom to be the worst version of ourselves. It means freedom to be the best version of ourselves with nobody else forcing us to do so.

That is how Jordan Peterson is fitting into the Libertarian doctrine. Every libertarian needs to focus on how they themselves can be a better version of themselves than they were yesterday.

We need to take hold of our fight for freedom and with it pursue meaning, not expedient self-interest or hedonism.

Dr. Peterson himself is not a full-blown libertarian, but he holds the same reservations about totalitarianism, leftism, and fascism that most freedom fighters do. That does not matter. Libertarians don’t need Jordan Peterson for political help. They don’t need him to reinforce the same natural-rights principles and laissez-faire theories. What they need is to heed his words of self-actualization.

Improved libertarian individuals will improve the libertarian movement. Jeff Deist and Harry Browne knew this, and it is about time the rest of the movement started to adopt this principle too.


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