What libertarian means, and doesn't mean


Many people have a false impression of libertarians, confusing us with libertines. In fact, the difference couldn't be more vast. We believe in peace, freedom, and liberty. They just want to "party". Certainly, we have many members that just want to "party", but that's a very small part of our movement and those people - to be frank - don't understand what it means to be a libertarian. At its heart, our movement is about individual freedom and liberty: the right to do what you want, when you want it. And, who could argue with that? Our movement is well beyond simply "partying" and the "recreational uses" of "certain substances". Nothing could be further from the truth. Yes, initially, I might have become involved with the movement because of "that", but I soon realized that there was much more to it. My political transformation began as I read the works of Ayn Rand and realized just how deeply her thoughts resonated with me... It was a true ideological transformation and life-changing event as I realized the totality of Man and how we're all linked... yet, at the same time, we're all individuals and have a right and responsibility to individualism... yet, at the same time, we're binded together in a common Humanity, as if we're part of one living organism, Earth. This transformation and its mind-expanding corollaries filled my thoughts and my mind... but, what I was unable to understand is why some people - we call them the statists - could not understand the rectitude of our argumentation. Those statists are constantly trying to "harsh our buzz", as some say. Some are willing to use truly reactionary means, even going as far as editing position papers on my own computer while I'm not looking or even when I am in order to quash our movement towards true, global harmony and peace and freedom. They are the ones to be found "pulling the strings" behind the scenes... all I know is I keep hearing some weird clicking on my phone "click... click click... click" it's like that. I could go on for hours and hours and hours and hours discussing all the things our enemies do. And, you never know where they might be. They might be in that car on the freeway or they might be over there in that tree or in that house or under that bridge or in that hill. I don't mean on the hill, I mean under the hill because I don't know what could be under there they might have something for all I know, that's where they might have a cell of people - or other beings, ready to strike and planning to strike and making their plans against us.

Jim Gillespie is a former assistant professor of comparative politics at Arcata Community College, a former web editor of Rational Magazine, and a former Libertarian Party vice-presidential candidate. He is currently a lobbyist for Hitchinson Wampoa Ltd., the Chinese State Educational and Vocational Company, and the Happy Fun Toy Company, Ltd. His thoughts are presented here only for balance, and do not represent the views of Huff And Blow.