To be a nicer, more civil person. I truly am.
Here’s the deal. I left the Libertarian Party in 1998 largely over the LP’s complete illiteracy on foreign policy and defense.
Now, many “Libertarians” are drawn to the belief, and the party, by the reductionistic magical thinking that all of the world’s questions break down into binary, black-or-white answers. The right answer to everything lies in unbending, unyielding adherence to “principles”, any deviance from which for any reason is an unforgiveable impurity.
Which is a fine and dandy thing, if your “principles” are so well-thought-out as to account for all of the myriad gray areas life, human nature and history throw into one’s path. For example, the idea that some “libertarians” have that one is either an isolationist peacenik…or a “warmonger”, with nothing in between. Too stupid to mock.
What I’m trying to do is figure out a way to write “if everything you know about history and foreign policy is stuff you read from the inside of Ron Paul’s anterior colon, you probably are not going to be a partner in a serious debate”.
And I got nothing.
I’m open to suggestions.