What Most People Care About

On March 26, 2020, at the once excellent but now mostly defunct website Daily Anarchist, Seth King broke almost five years of silence by publishing a piece that contained the following statement: “I don’t think libertarians, be they minimalists or anarcho-capitalists, are ever going to realize their dreams in this life. Freedom just isn’t popular.”

Unfortunately, I’m inclined to concur. Libertarians are people who place a premium on freedom. All other people do not — even in spite of what they might say, or otherwise believe.

Non-libertarians generally care about only two things:

1.) A sense of security — even if it’s a false one.

2.) A means by which to get “their” slice of the proverbial pie… regardless of where that comes from. They may not believe in engaging in robbery, extortion, or blackmail themselves — but in their view, when government does so under the rubric of “the common good,” that’s perfectly okay.

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Alex R. Knight III is originally from Groveland, Massachusetts, where he grew up listening to rock and roll, reading J.R.R. Tolkien, and the comic books of the 1970s.  He today lives in rural southern Vermont where he welds, plays guitar, paints abstracts, reads avidly, and writes.  He is the author of the short fiction collection, Tales From Dark 7in addition to the novels The Morris Roomand Empty World.  And, he is a Voluntaryist. Visit his MeWe group here.

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