Friday, April 15, 2011

The Golden State Liberty FAQ

Q: Why are you doing this?
A: California is about as statist as a United State comes, and it can be very hard to find other libertarians here. Part of the purpose of this blog is to make it easier for California libertarians to connect. Another part of the purpose is to provide political commentary and analysis specific to California, which is a largely unexplored niche. And finally, we just wanted to have fun.

Q: Where do you see yourselves within the spectrum of libertarian thinking?
A: Well, libertarians hardly agree on anything, and our aim with this blog is to offer an open tent where people who find common cause on lots of issues can interact. So we want to strike a balance in which we can be provocative and have fun without alienating people we consider part of our audience. As such, while our personal thinking lies largely within the voluntaryist, Rothbard/Hoppe strain of libertarianism, we don't want other libertarians to feel excluded if they don't agree with us at all times.

Q: Who are your intellectual influences?
A: They're all over the place. Our suspicion of authority came from people like Henry Miller, Arthur Rimbaud, and Albert Camus. But our real intellectual development is courtesy of thinkers such as Aristotle, Kant, Ayn Rand, Murray Rothbard, Ludwig von Mises, and Hans Hermann Hoppe.

Q: Is California going to make it?
A: It's hard to say. On one hand, there are so many reasons to answer "no". The state's moribund economy, its bloated, busybody government, its immense debt and unfunded pension liabilities, its endless intrusions into the lives of its citizens, its crushing taxes, the entitlement mentality of its citizens, its job-killing micromanagement of private business . . wait, where were we? Oh yeah. On the other hand, it's a state full of warm, community-minded people who love creating unconventional things and living life on their own terms. And it's a delight to live here. So, the short answer is that the great people here are likely to correct the state's problems of their own initiative, provided the government can get out of their way.


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