Be a handful

Dave Killion — September 26, 2011

The Book Club met last week to discuss another portion of “They Thought They Were Free” , which is the title we are currently reading. I have quoted some portions that I found particularly striking, which you can find here and here, and I have one more –

“You don’t want to act, or even talk, alone; you don’t want to go out of your way to make trouble. Why not? Well, you are not in the habit of doing it. And it is not just fear, fear of standing alone, that restrains you; it is also genuine uncertainty.”

Happily, uncertainty is not a quality I find in abundance amongst libertarians. Unhappily, I find the same to be true amongst progressives and conservatives, therefore I think it’s important for libertarians to seek each other out so that none of us has to act alone, stand alone, or speak alone. I also think it’s important to get in the habit of making trouble – trouble in the form of knowing one’s rights, exercising them, and demanding they be respected; trouble in the form of resisting efforts by the state to increase its size and power. Because if we don’t practice standing up for our beliefs, we might not be able to do so when it’s really important.

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