I’m finding that the opinions of statists (of any degree) are becoming less and less important to me.
I’ll still hear them out, but if they advocate a government “solution” to anything, I’m likely to simply chalk it up to ignorance and give their opinion no further consideration. Anything else is being disrespectful to my brain, principles, and ethics.
It’s like taking science advice from a person who has been convinced (or, who’s decided to “believe”) that the Earth is flat. It makes no sense to pretend they are credible in this particular arena.
Well, if a person believes that theft, aggression, superstition, and slavery (the political means) are possibly better ways to live among their fellow humans than self ownership, individual responsibility, and voluntary association (the economic means), they’ve lost all credibility with me on that subject.