Libertarian Messaging: Let’s Do Better

From my latest Patreon article:

“Sure, Twitter technically has the right to remove users from its platform. Twitter has a lengthy Terms of Service agreement that no one is expected to read, and buried within that agreement are some vague terms that people frequently violate. Twitter arbitrarily enforces those terms on people Twitter doesn’t like. Twitter discriminates.

Is it fraud? Can you make an argument that this fraud is a violation of the Non Aggression Principle? I guess so. But I don’t really care if it’s a violation of the NAP. I’d rather frame it in a way that the average person can understand: censorship on a large scale is a bad idea. It makes entire groups of people feel persecuted for their political views. It turns political groups into “others, enemies, and victims.” In other countries, censorship has been a precursor to civil unrest, violence, political and ethnic cleansing, and civil war.”

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Libertarians, in their desperate attempt to appeal to the left and follow the cultural zeitgeist (to hell), are calling Trump supporters terrorists, rioters, treasonists, stupid idiots, and all manner of insults. In four years, we will beg these same people to vote for us.

When we call half of the country stupid, we should think about what the end result might be. I think it’s a good idea to call out stupid things that organizations and industries controlled by the left (and right) do. I think it’s okay to call institutions and policies idiotic and dangerous. But I think when libertarians start calling half of the population stupid, or dehumanizing them, we run into an obvious problem. 

We are trying to convert people to libertarianism, not convince them to go to civil war with us. It’s difficult to convince conservatives to trust our political goals while some libertarians constantly dehumanize them or call them terrorists.  Many of these Trump supporters are completely disenfranchised by their party and disgraced political savior right now. We should welcome the ones who are receptive to our message and be patient with the ones who are on the fence.

Don’t get too riled up with hatred or ridicule. Remember the whole point of our movement: to win people over for the cause of liberty.

Published by angelamcardle

Paralegal, legal document assistant, Congressional Candidate for 34th District

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