On Political Libertinism

Much to my lament, many people don’t seem to hold any moral or ethical principles as it concerns the creation and support for legislated law. This is a type of libertinism, I would say. Political libertinism is the practice of disregarding all principles within the realm of public politics. To the political libertine, it matters not what the law requires or prohibits, so long as the forms and procedures were followed, closely enough. Any valid objection to legislated law must come through official channels. Even their insistence that the law is important or sacred, or some other such nonsense, is preceded by a lack of objectivity over who the law applies. They take it for granted that the people with guns forcing others to obey them obtained their authority in some non-arbitrary or non-violent manner. They don’t even question it, because to do so would betray their libertine commitment to the supremacy of legislated law over any other moral or ethical principle. Many of these people can’t even bring themselves to think about questioning it, for doing so is so very beyond the pale, a heresy of the highest order, a step off the cliff of cognitive congruence. Personally, I hold these people in utter contempt. And that’s today’s two cents.

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Founder and editor of Everything-Voluntary.com and UnschoolingDads.com, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.

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