by David McElroy
I don’t have any interest in starting a political movement. I just want to live life and be left alone as long as I’m peaceful with others. I’m trying to figure out how to do that. If you’re interested in doing the same — and if you want to do it without the shrill and angry confrontations of politics — I hope you’ll join me in a conversation that might lead to better lives for all of us.
My own political evolution is a long and twisting story. I grew up in a generally conservative household, but I was taught to be a political independent. I also learned — from school and from my own reading — to be an intensely patriotic kid. I believed in our political leaders. I believed in the political system. I believed in the morality of this country’s role in the world.
Over the years, I’ve lost faith in all of that, first for pragmatic reasons and later for moral reasons. At first, I thought the problems I saw could be solved by supporting one of the mainstream political parties, but I came to see that the mainstream parties are more alike than different, despite their rhetoric to the contrary. Next, I believed that supporting a libertarian approach to politics was the answer, but I came to see that it was impossible to talk people into doing the right thing. The more I thought about it, the more I saw that majoritarian systems can’t deliver what they claim, now or ever. Eventually, I discovered the basic moral truth that even if I could talk the majority into supporting my position, it’s immoral for me to impose it on others — and that is the central role of the state. Ultimately, the state is immoral.
If you’re still at a point where you believe in politics, I’m not here to talk you out of it. If you have an emotional attachment to the state, only you can decide you’re ready to give it up. If you believe in supporting a political party in order to avoid the chaos you believe would come about without the state, I’m not going to change your mind until you believe there are other alternatives to the chaos you envision.
But if you believe the state is both immoral and incompetent to protect the natural rights of individuals, maybe you’ve found the right place to connect with people who believe the same thing. I’m not interested in debating the state. I’m interested in finding ways to live peacefully without it.
I’d like to find a way to build a community of like-minded people who are also looking to find ways to live without the state. This is the beginning of my effort to do that. For now, I’ll be writing here and hoping the right people will find the site and get involved in commenting. In time, we might build a community through something like a message board. I’m not sure. I just know that the state isn’t going to come tumbling down until people believe they have an alternative to choose. This site is the beginning of my effort to find an alternative that works.
I don’t know what to tell you to expect. You’ll see a lot about the deficiencies of the state. There’ll certainly be some things about alternatives to the state. But you’ll see a lot that’s just “real life” from my point of view. You’ll see things that represent what’s important to me, such as animals and beauty and humor and my Christian faith.
I hope it will be entertaining. I hope it will be useful. Most of all, though, I hope it’s the beginning of meeting people who will become lifetime friends and partners in the effort to build better lives and a better world for everyone. We might not be able to change all of the world, but maybe we can change our corner of it.
I hope you’ll keep coming back.