McElroy Comes to Town/Female Libertarian

Friday, November 15, 2002
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McElroy Comes to Town/Female Libertarian Mud Wrestling: First, on McElroy: Earlier this week, I attended the Michigan LP’s annual LibertyFest in my hometown, and they were fortunate enough to have gotten Wendy McElroy as the featured speaker. It was great to have her here. Interestingly enough, Wendy spoke on political optimism, a tricky subject for us anarcho-libertarians. And she had much to say on this topic that was provocative and interesting.

I tend to be somewhat of an anarcho-optomist, because, whereas many folks think libertarian writers do nothing but “preach to the choir”, I see myriad ways in which we affect the masses. Wendy explains: I concentrate on the things I can affect. I concentrate on grassroots movements — in which individual voices can make an incredible difference. Where individuals can exert incredible power. And it is in the grassroots movements that are springing and spreading like wildfire across North America that I see the future of liberty. I see it in the flood of people who — since 9-11 — are buying guns to defend themselves; in the growing number of parents who are rejecting public education and homeschooling; in the men’s movement, especially the fathers who have lost access to their children because the family court system is anti-male in custody cases. These — and many others — are grassroots movements. They are movements that begin with isolated individuals who become so dissatisfied with something that deeply affects their lives — maybe the public school system, maybe minimum sentencing laws that have been applied to their son or daughter — that they say “no.”

These — and many others — are grassroots movements. They are movements that begin with isolated individuals who become so dissatisfied with something that deeply affects their lives — maybe the public school system, maybe minimum sentencing laws that have been applied to their son or daughter — that they say “no.” People who have never said “no” to authority before, stand up and refuse to sit down. They usually begin by saying “no” on a local level, to a local school board, at a town meeting or to district court. But if the injustice they’re complaining about is widespread, the voices multiply quickly…and they collectively become a powerful political force. Perhaps the most powerful political force there is: the voice of the people.

Of course she’s correct. And the more the masses become educated in these issues, the greater the chance that they’ll rebel against the State. If the political-philosophical content on the Internet is any indication of the shift in ideology among the common man, then there are reasons for an optomistic outlook. As Wendy said: And the political beauty of libertarianism is that it is a populist ideology. Libertarianism deals with fundamental rights that are possessed by all human beings — it defends life, liberty, and property. It says to the poorest, most disadvantaged person in society that he or she has the same rights and to same degree as the richest and most powerful. Libertarianism is a profoundly non-elitist. It is the politics of the common man.

Now for the good stuff – the mud-wrestling: Ok, in Wendy’s latest blog, she sorta challenged me to a mud-wrestling contest for ownership of the “Queen of Political Incorrectness” title. Now she doesn’t know this, but I’m in training for this special event. I’m pumping iron. I’m studying videos called “Ultimate Female Mud Wrestling.” I’m running sprints and practicing my moves. The Queen wishes to stay the Queen and she will defend her title against all comers. Let the games begin!

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