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I’m sorry. I was not going to post any more of these libertarian political strategy diatribes. However, I had an epiphany I feel must be shared. Ultimately, no amount of pragmatic political strategy will work until there is a solid libertarian voter block that cannot be swayed. The only way to build such a base is to convert more people to libertarianism.
In order to convert people to libertarianism, you must reflect on what it took to become a libertarian yourself. The true core of libertarianism is a deep desire to learn more and share that knowledge. You are not recruiting people to a political party. You are not recruiting people to an ideology. You are recruiting people to a lifetime of learning, discovery, and developing a better understanding of how the world works and people relate to one another and how we could improve human relationships without violence. Continue reading
While I would rather not comment on the absurdity that political discourse has become, I cannot stand by when the phrase “there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch” [TANSTAAFL] is being used to attack political opponents. The main purpose of TANSTAAFL is to remind people to think outside the box and consider the entire picture.
TANSTAAFL is used by economists to discuss opportunity costs and how there are costs associated with even products or services that are advertised as free. The term is also used by scientists when discussing biological systems and energy systems. There is even a No Free Lunch Theorem in Machine Learning Systems.
In most instances, TANSTAAFL is used to encourage people to consider the consequences of decisions and how they affect the world around them. In Machine Learning, TANSTAAFL is used to remind programmers there is no perfect system. It is a reminder to avoid developing tunnel vision and consider other possibilities.
While we have been critical of the Libertarian Party [LP] and the Gary Johnson campaign, the point is not that we should not be pragmatic in promoting liberty. Rather, the point is to reflect on your efforts critically to see where you can improve. That is where true pragmatism can be found. Continue reading
I find Seah Johnson’s endorsement for her father refreshing. It is encouraging to see her articulate the principles that I have seen John McAfee, Judd Weiss, Vote Different, James Weeks II, Larry Sharpe and Adam Kokesh embrace. Continue reading
If you’re in a post-election slump, watch Vintage Tomorrows. Steam Punk has a great underlining message: imagine a better world, make it, and explore it. Get reacquainted with technology. Don’t just use it. Make it your own. Join the Steam Punk Party.