This story bears a resemblance to the truth. I promise nothing more. Maybe it’s an allegory of truth. Low-calorie truth? Wanna-be truth? Borderline truthiness? You decide.
All week I had put in extra hours at work so I could leave early to arrive in time to deliver my presentation, Libertarian Themes in the Seven Deadly Sins of Dante’s Divine Comedy, which was scheduled for 4:00 p.m. But in Indiana, I was sidelined by a colossal traffic jam on the crumbling public roads (who will build them? Meh…). Meanwhile, my bladder was filling up as a result of the unexpected delay. I roast my own coffee (in a popcorn popper), and I had titrated up for a quick drive. I like to speed a bit, and caffeine helps my concentration. The upshot was I had to pee.
Our condition has been analyzed, our goal perceived, the mechanism has been spelled out and a set of pathways have been mapped out. Should we simply go counter-economic ourselves, educate ourselves in libertarianism and inform others by word and deed, we shall reach our libertarian society. Indeed, this is sufficient for most people and enough to be expected. No New Libertarian should ever berate libertarian counter-economists for not doing more. they are agorists and will get there in their own time.
1. Present mainstream culture includes a practice of refusing to consider any alternative to the social institution of the state, aka government. A common strawman argument against those discussing more than one way to solve a problem is to portray us as naive or as advocating violence.
As a leader in Soviet Russia, Nikita Kruschev wanted to shift from rule by terror- which characterized Josef Stalin’s rule- to rule by popular acclaim. One of the ways he wanted to accomplish this was by energizing the nation’s agriculture program. He created what was called the Virgin Lands program. This program was designed at plowing previously unused land for the purpose of growing grain. The harvest of 1956 was Kruschev’s only mark of success, as he had a bumper crop that year. By the 1960′s, an adherence to monoculture had stripped the soil of its nutrients. Much of the soil had turned barren to the point where it simply blew away in the wind.