And as a result missed not only the first good Indy 1500 of the season but the first blogmeet.

I looked at the people that I had missed meeting, and old friends I didn’t get to see, and was a bit annoyed.
So I read the linked pages, especially of people I hadn’t met before, like this one from Tbeck on libertarianism.

He raises some interesting points, and the comment that most sticks with me is this one:

“Unless a person’s actions cause unjustifiable direct harm to others, their conduct should not be criminally sanctioned. Period.”

My question to Tbeck, and the most important question, is this: Who gets to decide what is harm?

This is the hamartia of Libertarianism.

ἁμαρτία, for those lucky bastards that didn’t have greek jammed in them in high school, means “Tragic flaw” sort of. There isn’t, strictly speaking, a perfect english translation. It sort of means “That flaw which is, in itself, a core principle of the individual, and it’s undoing”

The Hamartia of Libertarianism is that that it purports to be a philosophy of individual liberty, but in espousing that supposed liberty it specifically denies others the right to their own liberties.

Case in point: Gay marriage. No big deal, right? Gays can do anything they want. Who are we to stop them?

THe simple fact is that the gay agenda is specific to one thing, and that is the destruction of religion in any forms it considers unacceptible, in other words, any theology that is antithetical to homosexuality.

Libertarians have been around long enough that they should understand the law of unintended consequences, but this is a classic case where they are deliberately blinded to their own ignorance.

Tbeck goes on to say

“Once we start legislating based upon personal opinions and biases we end up with the ugly mess we have now”

which is of course the whole problem. If Libertarians had their way, we would all be living accoring to their personal opinions and biases, wouldn’t we? it is inconceivable to most libertarians that everyone in their heart of hearts isn’t a libertarian. Yes, Virginia, they actually think that, or at least the most ardent ones I know personally do. Like Communism, they think if someone just gets it right once, then everything will be pixie dust and roses.

As I’ve said before, if libertarianism didn’t exist, the liberals would have to invent it. No other single force has done more to destroy conservatism and classical liberalism in America than the influence of the Libertards, and that includes the large L and small L types, just because of the tragic, fatal flaw in the concept of libertarianism itself; libertarianism wants everyone to be libertarians- or else.