Mili Note: I would somewhat disagree with Kent here. If pure ideology is all that matters, then disagreeing and not working with someone is fine, but in the real world, nobody has the same opinion or ideals. I’ve worked with the ACLU, Green Party, Eagle Forum, GOP, DNC, Constitution Party, Libertarian Party, and more on issues where we did agree (against the USA PATRIOT Act, for marijuana legalization, on human rights issues, etc). If you don’t work with people on issues and in circumstances where you can agree, then you’ll never actually get anything done. While an absence of government would be utopia, until that happens, we have to fight against the attacks government makes on our individual rights – which means we have to at least somewhat participate in the political process. Someone who is arrested and thrown in the clink for a non-crime, for example, probably doesn’t give a damn if you think the government that put him there shouldn’t exist. The fact is, it does exist and he’s had his freedom taken away by it.
by Kent McManigal
There are some pretty interesting groups out there I can’t join, even though I otherwise would, because of just a couple of disagreements. It is the difference between a “liberty-supporting conservative” and alibertarian.
I got an invitation to join one such online group a couple of days ago that I was initially going to join, but their website had a couple things I can’t agree to. For example: “We support bringing all U.S. Troops home, from overseas bases, and placing them in our homeland, to secure OUR borders.“
Bring the “troops” home, by all means. But then let them find real
jobs, paid for economically, not politically
. And don’t use them for political purposes. I secure MY
borders just fine (without using people paid with stolen money
) and I will help others do the same, but I don’t recognize any collective “borders
” like the ones the US government insists are real (and is willing to kill over). That one little problem prevented me from clicking “agree”.
Well, there’s another one. “We don’t support Darwinism…” What is “Darwinism”? If they mean the science of evolution by natural selection over geological periods of time, well, it doesn’t matter whether you “support” it or not. Just like gravity, it will keep on doing what it does with or without your support or approval. Now, if they mean “Social Darwinism” of the type advocated by genocidal collectivists, I would agree to refusing to support that, but that isn’t what it says.
Another issue I have is the repetition of the terms “American”/”Americans”. Rights
are not dependent upon “citizenship
” or where you were born
. An Afghan shepherd has the exact same fundamental human rights that an American neurosurgeon has- no more and no less. Whether the local mafia/state recognizes those rights or not is a different issue, as is the issue of whether an occupying force of invaders respects your rights.
So, while I wish the organization all the best and I support most of its goals, and may even promote them in some ways, those sticking points mean I can’t honestly join them “officially”.