They have to know more. They have to write better. They have to have better controversial manners. Above all, they have to have far more courage. And they have to be infinitely patient. When I look back on my own career, I can find plenty of reasons for discouragement, personal discouragement. I have not lacked industry. I have written a dozen books.
- Commentary From Your Libertarian Opinionizer.
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- Fringe No More: Libertarians Are Everywhere Now;
For most of 50 years, from the age of 20, I have been writing practically every weekday: I figure I must have written in total some 10, editorials, articles, and columns; some 10,, words! The verbal equivalent of about average-length books! And yet, what have I accomplished? I will confess in the confidence of these four walls that I have sometimes repeated myself. And in a sense they would be right. I have been preaching essentially the same thing.
And yet the world is enormously more socialized than when I began. Anyway, he used to get angry at politics, and every year found himself getting angrier and angrier and politics getting no better. Well, every year I find myself getting angrier and angrier and politics getting worse and worse. Eugene Lyons has been devoting his life to writing brilliantly and persistently against Communism.
And yet, at the end of all these years that he has been writing, Communism is stronger and covers enormously more territory than when he started. Yet, in spite of this, I am hopeful. And so are many of you. So I bring you this message: Be of good heart: If the battle is not yet won, it is not yet lost either. On the surface it is a profoundly depressing novel, but I was surprised to find myself strangely encouraged by it. I finally decided that this encouragement arose from one of the final scenes in it. The hero, Winston Smith, is presented as a rather ordinary man, an intelligent but not a brilliant man, and certainly not a courageous one.
Winston Smith has been keeping a secret diary, in which he wrote: Winston knows that the required answer is five. How many fingers am I holding up? So, before we are in the position of Winston Smith, we can surely have enough courage to keep saying that two plus two equals four. This is the duty that is laid upon us. We have a duty to speak even more clearly and courageously, to work harder, and to keep fighting this battle while the strength is still in us.
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This is what he wrote in the final paragraph of his great book on socialism 40 years ago:. And no one can find a safe way out for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore, everyone, in his own interests, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle. The conclusion was that Americans who self-identify as libertarian reflect the racial and ethnic demography of the US more than is commonly realized. If there is to be a Libertarian Spring it will take more than just politics.
As the Objectivist community has pointed out, politics is merely the practical application of philosophy. The philosophy must come first before a theory of politics can be developed and identified. Because of that libertarianism, as a philosophy, must become widely identified and embraced throughout the culture before it can develop into the basis for establishing a free society.
Elitist ruling interests will never willingly give up their grasp on power, wealth and ego demands without a fight, meaning they will cling desperately to everything that libertarianism despises — coercion, intimidation and fraud. But there is hope that it can be achieved:. But the libertarian label is embraced by a more racially and ethnically diverse group of individuals than some may realize. Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.
Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. Mama Liberty, you're right, the only limited government is a privately funded competitive government. I remember the rush of excitement reading about some libertarian group in the local paper only to discover that it actually said librarian. I also remember going to a friend's house for Christmas Dinner back then and was introduced to a pair of black African students. My friend later joked "I called the University and told them to send over a couple of libertarians and they thought I said Liberians.
As a longtime libertarian dating back to those days I never really thought libertarianism would grow this big this fast, and for a new radical philosophy to take hold to the point it has really is big now.
- What was Ayn Rand’s view of the libertarian movement? —Ayn Rand Lexicon?
- Hayek on Liberty.
- Poetic Blasphemy Vol.III: The TOLM?
- Las Novelas Soslayadas de la Historia (Spanish Edition).
Not world-changingly big yet, but big. I was active in the Libertarian movement since I have never been more optimistic than now. Almost everyday I see the word Libertarian in books, newspapers, magazines, TV , radio, and other media outlets. No longer do they confuse us with Librarians.
Libertarian Motivation — Henry Hazlitt’s inspirational words
Another good one, Garry. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as "limited" government, except a purely voluntary sort. I'm trying hard to remain optimistic, but as the police state spreads and gets worse, it's hard to do. Would be happy if individual and collective efforts personify the philosophy of libertarianism. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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