Skip to comments.Hey, Libertarians: If you won't be my friend, could you please be my enemy?
Posted on 04/19/2012 12:17:33 PM PDT by Greg Swann
I swear to god, for the first time in my life I cannot seem to make an enemy on the internet!
As a matter of strategy, this is what Man Alive! seeks:
To disintermediate the ruling class.
Disintermediation means cutting out the middle-man, and, by teaching you a new way of thinking about human nature and about your own unique self, the book puts you in charge of your own philosophical affairs. You no longer have to turn to so-called "thought leaders" -- most of whom are frauds anyway -- for answers -- which answers are almost always contrary to your own interests in any case.
My objectives are precise and concise:
I want to take the claim of justice away from the state, the mantle of epistemic authority away from the academy and the experience of reverence away from the church. I want to put all of those things back where they belong -- in your mind. There is no middle-man on truth.
If you didn't catch all that in the book, you need to read it again. My own practice is to read any serious book at least three times. Like this: 1. What is the argument? 2. What are my questions? 3. How are those addressed?
I don't much care for the way thoughtless "thought leaders" squeal, squawk and squall when you call "Bullshit!" on em, but I thought for sure they would at least rise to the
bait challenge I've laid down. What do I hear, instead? Crickets.
I know we'll be hearing from those folks in due course. When they come to notice that the traffic at the door is all one-way, outbound, they will find plenty to hate on these pages.
But I was expecting that the libertarians would be all over Man Alive!
Why? Because it's the magic bullet. Ayn Rand got very close to these ideas, and it is for this reason that there is a libertarian movement at all. That's important: Despite what the clipboard jockeys in clip-on ties will claim, it always begins with Ayn Rand. That goes for me, too, and I never fail to acknowledge the debt I owe to that brilliant, bristling battle-axe.
But Man Alive! does what Rand's moral philosophy failed to do: It defends human nature in ontology, and, hence, demonstrates that the self is necessarily and unavoidably the cardinal value of human life. People who understand this are egoists, with egoism itself being defended rationally for the first time, and egoists are indomitable -- they cannot be dominated -- and they know it.
Man Alive! is the magic bullet because it finally makes the fundamental argument libertarians have been grailing for these past fifty-five years. No one who has internalized the praxis detailed in the book can ever again be either slave-master or slave, predator or prey, liar or gullible victim.
To the contrary, by demonstrating the true nature of the self, the book shows people how properly to love and honor the self, after which they will be very noble souls indeed. I am not registering voters or enlisting political allies. I am showing free men how and why they have always been free, and how best to express that freedom going forward.
If you were a libertarian ideologue -- an academic or a journalist or an activist or a weblogger -- doesn't that sound like a weapon you might like to have in your arsenal?
But what do I hear from the libertarians? Crickets.
Partly this is my own fault. I don't have much to do with "professional" libertarians, and the intellectual air I breathe is pretty thin for their lungs. And there have been a few exceptions to the overall cacophony of enervating silence: Sunni Maravillosa liked the book, as did Kent McManigal, while John Venlet did not.
But I have been a daily nuisance in a couple-dozen email boxes, so far to almost no avail. I have pestered Kathy Shaidle and Mark Steyn just because I think they are fun writers, possessed of wit, grace and a Menckenesque bring-it-on chutzpah. But I have been a daily door-darkener, too, for Nick Gillespie, Matt Welch and Brian Doherty, all of Reason magazine, and all in the selling-liberty-to-the-masses business.
Whom else have I alerted to the brand new philosophical epoch -- the Age of Splendor -- that began on Easter Sunday? Lots of folks, among them Mister Army-of-Davids himself, Glenn Reynolds, the Instapundit, Samizdata, Strike-The-Root, Radley Balko, Lew Rockwell, Vox Day (who has his own section in the book) and everybody's favorite tax-payer-funded anarcho-statist, David Friedman.
I've done everything I could think of to elicit their attention. But what do I hear in response? Crickets.
I'm kvetching because I'm annoyed, but I'm not ranting. For one thing, I will prevail in the long run, no matter what. The ideas in Man Alive! could spread faster if any one of the people I've been trying to interest actually woke up and paid attention. But the book changes lives, and the folks whose lives are changed by it will pass it along. This is not a vanity project for me, nor a salve for my own ego. But I can see that the world could be a very different place as soon as next year if only we would get this conversation started in earnest, and I am very eager to see that happen.
I don't even care if "profesional" libertarians hate the book and the ideas it illuminates. I know that the future of philosophy is mine, either way, and I just want for ordinary people to know that Man Alive! exists and how to find it.
All of this is funny to me. I live in a constant state of exuberance and indomitability. I wrote a book for which I have set no price, and I am doing everything I can to give away as many copies as I can, as fast as I can -- quite literally begging people to save their own lives. And if I am successful in that goal, I will bring down a shit-storm of flatulent rage and sulphurous condemnation on my head. I don't want that, but it's baked in the cake. You don't undermine the state, the academy and the church without blowback.
But I don't care. I have had enough of being pushed around, and I'm going to put a stop to it.
If the libertarians want to join me in this work, I'm happy to have em along. But if they don't, I wish they would do me -- and you -- the great big favor of leading the chorus of squealing, squawking and squalling.
And if they don't do either? Their silence will be a ringing declaration of their actual relevance, won't it?
In the long run, I win either way. But it would be very nice for everyone involved -- everyone on Earth, including me -- if we were to get down to business now.
Blog pimping will get you lots of enemies around here............
Your modesty is truly impressive.
Can you spare some of what you’re smoking?
Oops, I addressed #4 to the wrong person. Sorry.
Thou shalt not post to Free Republic while Sputnik high.
> Your modesty is truly impressive.
I refuse to apologize for being right.
IOW, Question Authority.
Seems I’ve heard that somewhere...
Of course, sometimes the answer when you question authority is that the authority is right or legitimate.
Your website seems to be appropriately named.
> Your website seems to be appropriately named.
Yes, of course. Why would you deliberately do the wrong thing — or pretend to — again and again?
Here’s a better question: Why are you wasting your life giving me gas, when your so-called leaders are wasting you intellectual capital making dumb jokes about dog meat?
My intellectual capital isn’t wasted by stupid jokes about dogs. I’m not paying attention.
My issue is that people with a very high opinion of themselves have historically viewed their (in their own minds) wonderfulness as license to trample on other people, who by (their) definition are not as wonderful.
I much prefer humble indomitability. I am not in myself any better than anyone else, but on the other hand I am no worse.
For me this grows out of belief in “all men are created equal.” I believe if this precept is fully accepted and applied, all other ethical principles can be extracted. If you do not accept this principle, IMO your ethics will be invalid, or at minimum will have no foundation on which to rest.
Where I suspect I differ from you is my belief that we are equal because we were CREATED equal. We are equal only because God made us so. Since we are not the same in any way, we are not equal in any other sense. We are equal only because we are equal in His eyes.
A blog is news?
> license to trample on other people
Have I injured you in some way? Or are you fighting imaginary crimes?
> I much prefer humble indomitability
Do you shop for Guaranteed Ordinary Brand food?
> If you do not accept this principle
How successful has this approach been for you? Do you find that other people like having their values dictated to them? Do you like that, when other people do it to you? I know I don’t.
> Im not paying attention.
I believe you. When do you plan to start?
I’m not picking fights with you — none of you. You have been badly misled, all your lives, but you have no time left to waste on error.
If you want to learn what I know, learn it. If you don’t, don’t.
But: You are advancing your own interests in no way by piling on me. To the contrary, your behavior is self-destructive, and it hurts me not at all. That’s something for nothing, and every trade you make where you give up your values and get nothing in exchange is a waste of your one, unique, irreplaceable life.
That just seems silly to me.
The good news is, this is a day that will live in your memories forever.
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