>It's difficult to understand how to combine
>these two different forms of thinking, and
>although one is focused more on economics
>while the other focuses more on being
>anti-authoritarian, I think that both seem to
>center around some form of freedom.
I don't think it's hard at all to reconcile the two view points.
Now, if I had to pidgonhole myself politically, I guess I'd, too, be somewhere in the Libertarian/Anarchist zone. Though, unlike some of these people (and the LP in particular), I'd think that I'm a little more pragmatic than the hardcore libertarian/anarchist fringe... I can admit that there really ARE some things that a government handles better than deregulated enterprise... natural monopolies for example.... the California power situation since deregulation is a prime example of a situation where government regulation IS desireable. Or try spiralx's example a few weeks back of RF spectrum allocation.
(Tho other agencies are just as idiotic as the FCC... you europeans don't get to gloat TOO much... witness france giveing 802.11's band to it's military... I understand japan's done something just as pigheaded, and only allow a single Airport channel to be used on mobile devices. *I* think that the best solution would be to give the task to IEEE)
And, of course, both libertarianism and anarchism totally ignore "the tragedy of the commons".
That said tho, I *LIKE* helping people. I really do. Tho I may bemoan the idiocy of the lusers at times, if someone's willing to learn, I'm HAPPY to help them with their linux box or their Macintosh (though, I AM a horrible teacher). I'm happy to throw in my time, to help make sure that etarded kids get enough water at parties. And I'm a sucker for benefit parties. I LIKE to do whatever small part I can towards safeguarding out rights.
I LIKE helping my peers. I LIKE helping my community.
And I'm more than willing to chip in my money as well as my time. Though my standards are very exacting, especially compared to the US "feed us any old hard-luck story (and a few votes) and we'll throw money at you" government.
(since I wrote that earlier post, The SFLNC has become the fourth cause I deem worthy of my hard-earned dollars)
What I do NOT like, is a distant government, that knows nothing of what *I* care about, that knows nothing about the needs of my community, dictating to me, via threat of violence, that I WILL give to THIS cause, which has promised X votes to THIS politician. I resent a distant government extracting more dollars from my community than it returns. I resent the horrible inefficency which leads to only a tiny fraction of the amount collected going to those IT feels deserve my charity.
If the LP party DID, through some freakish circumstance, come to power in washington, and slash my tax burden almost to nil, you can bet your sweet ass that I would give a lot more to charity than I do now.
But it would be to charities of my CHOICE. Ones that meet MY standards for efficency and good done for the community.
Imagine all the people...
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