I hated politics. I got involved though, when I realized how little time those around me actually spent analyzing the issues before forming strong opinions about them. They refused to question conventional wisdom, and would not even entertain the thought that just maybe their opinions were formed prematurely, before having considered all possible sides in an objective manner.
I began noticing that logic had nothing to do with the way most make up their minds; and that instead, it was Emotion that caused them to behave the way they do, making it an extremely easy task for the media to manipulate the minds of those who are under the impression that they are, in fact, free thinkers.
As I became more knowledgeable, I grew more frustrated, as I couldn’t understand how even the most basic and undeniable laws of Economics were not only ignored, but were also being sold as complete falsehoods to a population unwilling to think for themselves.
It just doesn’t seem that hard to me, to think logically. But then again, the world has followers, and it has leaders. And leaders are those willing to stand up for the truth even if it means they are left standing alone. I have witnessed the truth being laughed at and abandoned in favor of public acceptance. Emotions have taken over. Reason has been given a back seat.
While I understand that each of us may view the world through a different set of eyes, the Truth is not subjective. My goal is to objectively analyze the issues and present my views in a clear and concise manner so that we may have an honest discussion free of demagoguery.
I consider myself a libertarian. I believe that we can bring about the best possible outcome for society by supporting free markets, and by truly limiting the role of government in our lives. I believe the government’s role is to protect our natural rights, which are our right to Life, Liberty and Property. And nothing else. Instead what I witness is the government being used to violate the natural rights of some, in order to provide others with non-rights.
Two choices are always given: big government or big government wrapped around small government rhetoric. It is unacceptable.
Even if you disagree with my positions, I hope that I can at least help you gain an understanding of what exactly those positions are, for many times the fundamental problem in debates is the lack of understanding of the very positions we supposedly disagree with.
For those already friendly to libertarianism, I hope to be a good source of material for fighting against all the demagoguery. We must not stay silent. We must be smart and strategic in the way we present our positions and in the way we try to advance our agenda. And our agenda is one of liberty. And liberty, in a world of sound-bites, isn’t easy to sell. But we must persist, for as Gandhi once said, “even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth.”
- Pedro Garcia