New Essay at AlterNet: Why Libertarianism is a Childish Sham

In my latest essay for AlterNet, I expose how libertarianism is an exercise in conformity and childish delusions.

Rather that rebelling, libertarians conform to the worst and most dominant aspects of American culture. Rather than acting as a political movement, it is actually the expression of an anti-political impulse.

From the essay:

As much as libertarians boast of having a “political movement” gaining in popularity, “you’re not the boss of me” does not even rise to the most elementary level of politics. Aristotle translated “politics” into meaning “the things concerning the polis,” referring to the city, or in other words, the community. Confucius connected politics with ethics, and his ethics are attached to communal service with a moral system based on empathy. A political program, like that from the right, that eliminates empathy, and denies the collective, is anti-political.

Opposition to any conception of the public interest and common good, and the consistent rejection of any opportunity to organize communities in the interest of solidarity, is not only a vicious form of anti-politics, it is affirmation of America’s most dominant and harmful dogmas. In America, selfishness, like blue jeans or a black dress, never goes out of style. It is the style.

Read the rest at AlterNet.

New Column for Indianapolis Star: Authoritarianism Comes from the Left and Right

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.