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How I'll be voting and why. See my reply to prester_scott's excellent post:

http://prester-scott.livejournal.com/866864.html

Also, see David Brin's blog entries on the topic:

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2006/09/cracks-are-appearing-all-over.html

Finally, let me repeat my skepticism at the idea that we can vote our way to a saner more functional society. It's going to take a lot more personal action on everybody's part, and until the Greatest Generation dies off their agenda will rule federal politics in the United States and sanity dare not show its face.

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prester_scott
Oct. 26th, 2006 06:44 pm (UTC)
Finally, let me repeat my skepticism at the idea that we can vote our way to a saner more functional society. It's going to take a lot more personal action on everybody's part

For the record, I agree.
ataxi
Oct. 26th, 2006 11:24 pm (UTC)
Just popped over to check out the post you linked to, and wanted to mention how scary I find US-style libertarianism as characterised, for example, by ESR's "Anti-Idiotarian Manifesto", or even more moderately by, say, the positions espoused by the protagonists of Neal Stephenson's novels.

If I had to name one aspect of this ideology I find most disturbing, it's the lack of compassion, the willingness to let some people simply fall by the wayside.

Argue the point if you feel like it. My opinion on this as a general principle is still at a fairly pre-rational stage so perhaps my mind could even be changed.
kmo
Oct. 27th, 2006 04:48 pm (UTC)
compassion
...ESR's "Anti-Idiotarian Manifesto"...

I'm not familiar with that. I'll make a note to read up on it, but I would welcome a summation.

...the positions espoused by the protagonists of Neal Stephenson's novels.

I've read Snow Crash and The Diamond Age. I haven't read any of his more recent novels. Do the viewpoints you have in mind come up in either of the two novels that I mentioned?

Argue the point if you feel like it.

I like to stay away from straight-up proselytizing for air-tight belief systems like anarcho capitalism. Also, I'd rather get a better sense of where you're coming from before trying to frame a libertarian viewpoint in a way that would appeal to your existing values and working assumptions.

I will say that "help" from the government which one does not have the option of declining to accept does not count as "help" in my book.
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