Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Libertarianism is not about hatred of welfare state

As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.

He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

Libertarian are easily trapped into negative feeling against welfare state. This is a mistake : you don't need a state permission for having a libertarian life.

Being libertarian means you understand that giving your freedom away is always a choice even for the slave. As such, you redeem it back, learn to protect it against those who wants to reclaim it, then educate your peers about your experiences.

Most will defend their imaginary rope as dearly as their life, being libertarian means you should respect the decision. Being libertarian also mean accepting people to be free from giving their own freedom away.

Be open, when they will change their mind, show them there is no rope at their feet.