“Do libertarians celebrate Guy Fawkes Night?”
Yawn. After getting in from the local bonfire in Orrell, I saw that someone seriously asked this in a libertarian Facebook group. How many more times do I have to tell libertarians that it is okay for them to have opinions, to think for themselves, and to think in terms other than the “non-aggression principle”?
The person who asks for the “libertarian” answer to life, the universe, and everything seems to be someone who is not – yet – cut out for libertarianism. Of course, they want freedom, but they want to be told exactly how they should run their lives once they have that freedom. This is one of the problems we, as libertarians, face: we are trying to convert people often from Totalitarian Humanism, state socialism, a paternalistic variant of conservatism, or maybe even fascism, ideologies which have ‘positions’ on issues which we simply do not.
But that is not, I’ll grant you, the entire story. We do not have positions on certain issues, qua libertarians. As sensible human beings, however, we can obviously have positions on these issues.
When faced with the question “What is the libertarian position on anal sex and contraception?” what is our answer? Our answer must be twofold. As a libertarian, our position must be that all consenting adults have the right to do with each other as they see fit so far as the rights of others remain unviolated – this much is not up for debate. As a person, however, your position on anal sex and contraception may be rather different. You may, for instance, be a Roman Catholic or a head-banging Proddie. This need in no way conflict with your libertarianism as long as you do not advocate the incarceration of sinners, but instead instruct them to repent.
But, if only for comedic value, here are some more examples which made me want to slit my wrists. Every one of them has been put to me over the internet in the past month:
- Is there a libertarian position on morality?
- What is the libertarian position on the use of Latin?
- What is the libertarian position on smoking?
- What is the libertarian position on collection at church?
- What is the libertarian position on going to university?
- What should libertarians think about homosexuality?
- Is Christianity libertarian?
- Can a libertarian be a vegan?
- What is libertarian parenting like?