The major disagreement of the two major political parties in America, along with the two major strains of political thought they represent, is over what right, freedoms, and liberties the government should revoke and remove from the people.
Seeing through the frivolity, distortion, and false dichotomy of two groups of autocrats fighting for control is revelatory in that it leads the citizen to adopt a political position of intelligence, mutual respect for other citizens, and libertarian consistency.
My friend Tim Hall – who is also one of my favorite novelists – helped me formulate this important insight over lunch one afternoon when he said, “There is no real liberalism in this country. There is left authoritarian and right authoritarian.”
The Hall way of moving through the bullshit of political debate is where I enter my new column for the Indianapolis Star. I encourage everyone to read it in full.