About This Blog
A blog about my life, universe, etc. At any given time you might find something endlessly interesting or just me ruminating on something else, which no one (not even myself) finds interesting. That's the way blogs go, I suppose. Anyway, I was eleventh in line, and you weren't. Hah!
Scripture of the Moment 2 Nephi 2:27 Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself.
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I like comments, and I'll keep them activated. HOWEVER, if you want to start a flamewar, go somewhere else. If you want to get me to start arguing with you about Ohio State vs. Michigan, whether Mormons are Christian, how stupid being spoiler free is, or pretty much anything else inflamatory (inflamatory is in the eye of me in this case -- if you don't trust my judgement, too bad), go somewhere else. All links to pornography, all instances of vulgar language, and anything else I don't think is appropriate for my sisters, brother, neice, and nephew to see (ages 1-18), or quite frankly appropriate for ME to see, will be edited as I see fit (probably with links to something else, or alternate words, or what have you). All spam comments, including blatant off-topic self-promotion, will be deleted. If you've been banned, feel free to email me; if you're uncivil, please know that I'm interested in finding out exactly how many people I can add to my killfile without bringing my processer speed to zero, and don't mind using your address in my experiments. I reserve the right to delete and/or ban anyone I want. If you need to say it that badly, go get your own blog. They're free, you know.
A Note About Chatting and Emails
I'm not what you would call an extremely social or extraverted person. As a matter of fact, I tend to test 100% introvert on Myer-Briggs and other personality profile tests. Therefore, please be aware that most of the time, if I don't already know you (either in person or through weeks/months/years of email contact) the chances are I won't be very talkative if you IM me. I like having a long time to consider what I say, and that goes double for what I say to total strangers. Please don't think me scary, rude, hateful, or even just someone in a perpetual bad mood, if chat efforts are unsuccessful. Quite frankly, it's probably better for you to go find someone else to chat with, unless you have something significant to say. And if it's that important, you should probably email me. Which reminds me to let you know now that if you do choose to email me, it might be days, weeks, months, years, or never before I email you back. It takes a lot of energy for me to come up with replies to random inquiries from strangers, and most of the time there's something I'd rather be doing instead. Your understanding is appreciated. I'm not saying don't try, I'm just saying -- have minimal expectations, okay? Thanks. Oh, and if you DO know me, don't treat this statement as an excellent excuse not to talk to me. You know who you are.
WHY I MAY NEVER BE A LIBERTARIAN...
I have to wonder, sometimes, if it'll ever be possible for me to exhibit the necessary ideological purity to ever feel like a legitimate member of a political party like the Libertarians'. Now, I know already the classic aphorisms (the aparent global favorite seeming to be about eleven opinions in a room of ten Libertarians) about big-L Libertarianism (I'm already confident of my small-l libertarian credentials, but at least some registered Democrats and Republicans and Greens and Socialists and Tax Freedom and Reform party members can claim credentials just like mine). That's not the issue; there's plenty of disagreement and lack of cohesion in the larger, more objectively successful political parties in the U.S.; the reason they're successful is mostly due to the fact that they're composed of coalitions of interests that are, in order to gain ground on certain shared issues and a few non-shared issues, willing to forfeit their ideal objectives on other issues.
Part of the issue is that there's a unity of spirit apparent in many Libertarian party groups (including the Los Angeles one, from what I can tell) that I don't feel I can share. I'm ill-suited, I think, to political extremism even in it's (if you'll permit me the concept) mildest forms. Maybe it's growing up exposed to too many differing idealogies, or reading too much classical liberalism, but zealotry just rubs me the wrong way. I don't get any kind of a buzz from photos of Libertarian events where they stand around and burn copies of the Patriot Act; in addition to seeming silly and purposelessly uncouth, the action seems to needlessly reduce reasonable discussion over whether something does or does not infringe on civil liberties to reactionism. It doesn't do much more than produce a feeling of "woohoo, aren't we cool, we all agree with one another"ish nonsense, which is already irritating in gigantic fundraising events. It's just wasteful, decadent, and quite frankly reminds me too much of the stuff I read about the early development of other idealogically pure groups (like the Bloshevik/Communist Party in Russia, and later Communist movements elsewhere). Small groups of people are uniquely equipped to engage in real discussions about issues, to explore different viewpoints and solutions to problems, and to quite frankly raise the level of discourse about Important Stuff. Orgies of me-tooism are a shameful waste of potential.
But it goes further than misguided "we're small, we're strange, and we're proud to be Correct at all costs" imagery that turns me off to the Libertarian party. I don't feel so idealogically motivated as to be wiling to unilaterally support the instant full legalization of marijuana, to open up the borders to anyone who feels like coming on by, etc. I worry about pragmatic "will this make my childrens' lives next to impossible" stuff, not to mention "will this allow someone who'd like nothing better than to ensure my children have no future, meet his goals" type stuff. I don't like every provision of the Patriot Act, I don't approve of knee-jerk security upgrades that don't make anyone safer but do infringe on civil liberties, and I can't stand losses of freedom by judicial or executive fiat. That doesn't mean that I always think government acts are a Bad Thing, that everyone should be released from prison, etc. And whether it's true or not, it seems like that kind of idealogical purity is a prerequsite to honest and full membership in the Libertarian Party.
(and yes, the fact that it seems like a real professional future in the LP is next to impossible to achieve is a consideration -- but if I really wanted some kind of ecclesiastical career, I wouldn't let the whole "no paid clergy" thing keep me from following my beliefs and being Mormon) posted by Sarah at 1:13 AM. |