Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Armin Hale on his evolution from an easy-going libertarian

Guest post by Armin Hale

I didn't start out racist, sexist, antisemitic, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic or any of that.

I was just an easy going libertarian who wanted to live and let live.

But at a certain point, I could no longer deny that I was under constant, relentless, systematic and deliberate assault, on every dimension (moral, ideological, political, demographic, cultural, physical, economic...) because of my race, because of gender, because of my sexual orientation, because of my nationality, because of my ethnicity, because of my regional culture, because of what religion I wasn't, and so on and so forth.

And being as these don't seem likely to stop, I had to look around, for others who might stand with me against this encroaching tide of darkness. And those others are racist, sexist, antisemitic, bigoted, straight, white, men (and a few others who only check *most* of those boxes) under attack just like me, for the same reasons.

You drew the battle lines. I only chose my side.
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Ex-Army adds: Yes, this is what happens when a libertarian realizes that his ideology, as logical and consistent as it is, doesn't work in all instances. Indeed, under some conditions it can be downright self-defeating, even suicidal. Much like pacifism, it works if and only if everybody is a pacifist.
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