Sebastian Zearing

how to be progressive without being a stupid liberal

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Libertarianism

This post was originally published at liberateandconserve.wordpress.com.

In the spirit of my introductory post defining liberalism and conservatism, I’d like to provide a similar such definition for libertarianism.

TheĀ libertarian worldview, as currently conceived in America, holds that individuals should be free to do anything that does not directly harm another individual, and to be free from all violence against their own person and property by all agents, including government, and that government should only exercise violence to punish (or perhaps prevent) violence. This perspective holds that only when individuals are maximally free does society maximally thrive.

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First Post and Introduction

This post was originally published at liberateandconserve.wordpress.com.

I’ve found that my thoughts and beliefs become more vibrant and real (and I daresay more organized and rationally sound), when I write them down. And since I’m going to write them down, why not share them with the world?

I do not identify as either a liberal or a conservative–nor, perhaps surprisingly, as a libertarian, but that’s a topic for another post. My purpose in this blog is to identify and dissect liberal and conservative attitudes, understand how they behave in the ecosystem of American society, and how they are affected by changing beliefs. I am interested in primarily American society, since that is the one I am most familiar with and since it provides plenty of fodder for discussion. I am also only interested in modern society. Modern and past uses of the terms “liberal” and “conservative” are not coextensive, and I don’t think it is useful for my purposes to dissect those differences. My goal is to enlighten both myself and the reader as to the interactions between widespread beliefs, values, and policies as they play out today on American soil.

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