July 20, 2005 1 Comment
Libertarians [...] are not to the Right or Left of authoritarians.
They, as the human spirit they would free, ascend — are above — this degradation. Their position, if directional analogies are to be used, is up — in the sense that vapor from a muck-heap rises to a wholesome atmosphere. If the idea of extremity is to be applied to a libertarian, let it be based on how extremely well he has shed himself of authoritarian beliefs.
Establish this concept of emerging, of freeing — which is the meaning of libertarianism, and the golden-mean or “middle-of-the-road” theory becomes inapplicable. For there can be no half-way position between zero and infinity. It is absurd to suggest that there can be.
What simplified term should libertarians employ to distinguish themselves from the Moscow brand of “Leftists” and “Rightists”? I have not invented one but until I do I shall content myself by saying, “I am a libertarian,” standing ready to explain the definition to anyone who seeks meaning instead of trademarks.