I have a confession: All my life I’ve feared I was living some sort of lie. I claim to love freedom, which means I should find debates about governance fascinating. Conservatism v. Liberalism, Minarchism v. Anarchy: If I were really devoted to freedom, wouldn’t these things consume my every waking thought, in an effort to develop a solid philosophical basis for my knee-jerk beliefs? But try as I might, I can never sustain more than passing interest in the topic. Nozick and Hayek and Rothbard, oh, my. Better than sleeping pills they are. I own a book of Spooner’s essays and actually did read all the way through “No Treason” one time, but c’mon. You can really tell he was a lawyer. Want to send me fleeing from the room? Just use the word Anarcho-Syndicalist in a sentence.
Clearly I am a failure as an intellectual, and probably as a freedomista. What I always wanted to hear was strategies for actually doing freedom in an unfree world. Talk like that is harder to find.
With a hat tip to Claire, here’s a lyrically beautiful essay by Max Borders about exactly what I’m on about.