“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” ~Benjamin Franklin
It’s really funny trying to define libertarianism to people…
You have three different styles to go with when dealing with a person who has no idea what a libertarian or libertarianism is:
1.A Libertarian is a person who is fiscally responsible and socially liberal.
That part may entice people to learn more, but that isn’t libertarianism. That is a Reader’s Digest, government cheese, first grade interpretation. It basically implies it’s the best of the two parties without the stuff no one likes. Using that logic it still doesn’t get you far enough because we’ve seen how Republicans destroy budgets and Democrats set things on fire.
2. Libertarianism has its roots in the 16th to 18th century Age of Enlightenment philosophy of classical liberalism which was the philosophy of the Founding Fathers.
Warmer but still no cigar. It will amaze you the number of “smart people” who don’t know a lick about history, nonetheless what our Founding Fathers believed. This flies through a person’s ears at the speed of light.
3. Don’t hurt people, don’t take their stuff.
Pretty good, probably the safest, but now you have to flesh it out, and from there everything just kinda goes to Hell.
Throughout my entire public schooling, I was taught that morality was relative except for the rules passed down from our superiors, who are to never, ever be questioned. I was taught that all answers were found in the omnipotent power of the government. I was also told that I the individual was but a cog in the wheel of the world and what benefited the many outweighed the few. I was taught that the 51% gets to dictate the entire 49%. Oh, and I was also warned with fire and fury for many years to stay away from the libertarians.
Something about me you should know, when I’m told to stay away from something, I go near it instead.
In my upcoming book Stay Away From The Libertarians! I discuss the many myths, misconceptions, and lies thrown from the left and the right, from the media to academia and crooked politicians in between, that try and keep the good and sensible public from the morally corrupt, sinister, selfish libertarians who want to take over the government, and leave you alone.
In the beginning, I’ll discuss the new right punk rockers on TV and the internet who put a crack in the world of pop culture and politics who swayed me away from the neoconservatives in the Republican Party to the most radical free thinker of the 21st century- Ayn Rand. From there I go deeper discussing how a lost election set me free and how a simple Google search turned me from a clean cut conservative into a cursing, motormouth libertarian.
The story continues and starts to ask the major questions, such as why people would rather move to another country with no job or plan instead of staying home with the family and eating zoo animals? Why do student activists have such a negative reputation? Why do schools preach free speech and then do the opposite? Can you truly separate race from politics? Is Hooters the greatest example of free markets and a society’s respect for freedom? Is government inherently evil, or are the people inside the problem? What do CNN and Alex Jones have in common? Do third parties steal votes? Why doesn’t the Libertarian Party actually ever succeed at anything? Is there a connection between the alt-right and libertarians? What can the red head from “Mad Men” teach libertarians? Should we fear taco trucks on every corner? And how can we make freedom fun again?
With some hard hitting facts, a little bit of humor, and a whole lot of information you can’t get elsewhere in between, I hope you can give this book to your Trump loving uncle and Marxist aunt and let them learn that libertarians aren’t the monsters they’re made out to be, they just want to live their lives, and respect your right to live yours freely.
The book will be available on Amazon in paperback print and Kindle ebook formats on June 23rd, 2018.
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Remso W. Martinez is a journalist and Amazon bestselling author of “Stay Away From the Libertarians!” You can follow him on Twitter @RemsoForVa or on his website rwmartinez.com.