Decentralization as Imperatice [was: The Libertarian As Conservative]
Stephen D. Williams
sdw at lig.net
Tue Mar 26 16:09:30 PDT 2019
On 3/26/19 3:40 PM, coderman wrote:
>> When I first realized that I was already a libertarian, and always had been, in about 1975, it was always quite clear that
>> Liberals, Leftists, and fellow-travellers hated (or at least strongly disliked) libertarianism. For reasons that are clear
>> studying the Nolan Chart https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nolan_Chart and the World's Smallest Political Quiz.
>> The Right opposed libertarianism because libertarians promoted both personal and economic freedom, while the Right seemed to like
>> only the latter.
>> The Left opposed libertarianism because libertarians promoted both personal and economic freedom, while the Left seemed to like
>> only the former.
>> That made 'sense', so to speak. Not that the liberals and conservatives actually made sense.
> it is actually more fundamental!
> consider that both Right and Left promote the idea of an infallible strong center, which conveys the laws upon mankind.
> Libertarianism is by definition decentralized; delegating decisions to the edge.
> given that power corrupts; and absolute centralized power corrupts absolutely, it is clear that both Right and Left are deceptions
> by Centralized Power to maintain itself.
> the political question at core is this:
> centralization? (and abuse of power)
> - or -
> decentralization (and individual responsibility)
> the absurdity of humanity is that our cognitive bias sees only the direct cost of personal responsibility, yet ignores the global
> cost of centralized abuses.
Or the global cost of decentralized abuses. Which could be, and used to be, worse. Name your abuse of choice: it's worse when it's
being done everywhere to / by everyone.
> best regards,
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