Libertarians & Marines – November 10th, 2015

I thought I should go ahead and make an entry for yesterday’s show, lest folks think I just haven’t gotten to it and keep waiting. Yesterday’s show isn’t the ideal type show of why the blog was set up. Nothing very controversial within libertarian circles. I wish I could recommend a concise book dealing with the history of the mortgage loan industry, but it can be found in many different places, not one I know of has that as its main subject.

Since you should read Meltdown anyway, maybe start there. I think he touches on a little bit of the history of home loans.

It really is too bad there are people out there, especially ”in” the libertarian movement, that would make personal attacks against Jason. In my view, the whole thing is about ideas. It’s about engaging ideas, putting them up against one another, seeing what ideas are compatible and which ones are not. And, if not, which ones are stronger. Personalities and people really don’t factor in.

I’ll make a comment about the whole Marine intro, since I can anticipate he’ll catch some flak for that. Maybe he should have a little more of a disclaimer to his whole Marine talk. In general, the Marines is no place for a libertarian. Now, the fact that he served, the fact that I enlisted in the Guard, that isn’t sufficient grounds for condemnation. The question has to be asked, “What did you know and when did you know it?” Fair enough – if you’d been exposed to the non-aggression axiom, and read a few books, like “Century of War” or anti-war.com for a while, and then signed up for service – I think there might be a problem.

Just about everyone who enlists thinks they are doing it for God and Country, for home and freedom. How can you condemn someone for that? I wasn’t quite that naive when I enlisted. I had already started down my road to libertarianism. I didn’t like the federal government, but thought it might be beneficial to get a little training and know a thing or two, because you never know when that sort of knowledge might come in handy.

So, the next question is, “Why?” I have met men who enlisted to kill Muslims. That’s condemnable! And, I’ve met men who do it because they needed a job. I don’t particularly like that, but when a guy says he enlisted to keep America free, I cannot condemn him. I pity him and see in him an ally, who would put his life on the line for Liberty. Now I just have to show him what liberty is.

A great many in the libertarian movement need to do some deep thinking about how they approach soldiers and veterans. No doubt there are some disgusting individuals out there, but one of the overarching principles of our ideas is that we uphold individualism. We don’t lump thousands together in groups and treat them all the same, that is the notion of collectivism. There are almost as many reasons to enlist as there are enlisted men. You have to take time to connect to them, and hear their story before you make a judgement. I think the armed forces is a great place to find folks who are ready to hear about our ideas, but it needs to be done tactfully.

I won’t labor the point too much here, because it’s something I see come up more and more often, so I’m sure we’ll cover it later.  And, I’ve got to get to work.

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