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When People Ask Why I’m An Independent

When People Ask Why I’m An Independent

February 24th, 2020 • Share

I just want to be clear that I don’t preach to the choir. I don’t preach at all. The opposite is true. Religion tells us what to do. Philosophy teaches us how to figure that shit out on our own.

For instance, politically, I’m a capitalist. I think the government should protect our rights — life, liberty, property — and that’s about it. No bans or controls. No taxes or subsidies. Don’t hurt us. Don’t help us. Just stay the fuck out of our way and let each individual pursue their own happiness in peace.

That’s true capitalism, to me, but all of my views are irrelevant here, except for one: the power of philosophy.

They’re not irrelevant to me, but they are to everyone else, and I understand that. Independence is a virtue. I’d be a hypocrite if I didn’t also respect that in others, and I’d never be able to persuade anyone that my idea of capitalism is better than the alternatives, which is one of my goals.

The meme below, though, does it really have the power to change anyone’s mind? Is it even trying to? No. It’s just an insult. All it says is: “Liberals are stupid. They don’t know basic economics and simple logic. They’re so in their feelings they can’t see the facts. Haha.”

That’s not a fucking argument. Those aren’t facts. They’re evaluations, opinions, feelings — with no facts to back them up. This brazenly sanctimonious meme is actually guilty of the same error it’s ridiculing. Haha.

My biggest problem with this meme, however, is it’s pretending to be something it’s not. It’s pretending to be a part of the political discourse of the times, but it’s not really getting in the game. It’s challenging liberals without giving them an actual argument to fight back against, just some dumbass opinion. And that is actually a deceptive attack on anyone who doesn’t see it for what it is, especially anyone new to the debate.

See? I just gave my opinion of someone else’s opinion, my evaluation of the facts as I see them, but I also presented my facts. I also gave my reasons for my evaluation.

That’s what’s missing in the world today. That’s what will make the world a better place for everyone. It’s not enough to just pick a side, no matter what side you pick. If you really want to win, you have to prove your side is right — not “righter”, but right, correct, true — and if your side is right, then that’s the side that should win, and then we all win.

But you can’t win if you don’t play, and you can’t play if you don’t know how, and if you want to know how, then you need to learn.

That’s why I promote philosophy in general and not just my own. I believe in my ideas — Ayn Rand’s ideas, mostly — and I think those ideas will ultimately win out in every intellectual battle, not just in politics or ethics, but in life, love, health, business, etc.

No bullshit allowed here. That’s why I’m an independent…

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