Friday, June 24, 2016

To Advance Liberty is to Make Politics Irrelevant

Decentralization prompted primarily by protectionist nationalism is bad for liberty, as is centralization prompted primarily by technocratic interventionism. In other words, politics is generally bad for liberty - it is at worst a vehicle of destruction and at best a tool of distraction. The way to advance liberty is to make politics irrelevant through entrepreneurial innovation, economic education, and voluntary formation of social capital, while trying to identify political "lesser evils" in the context of non-obvious electoral choices is ultimately an exercise in rational ignorance. All things considered, the opportunity cost of assessing the relative badness of various slavemasters is always the promotion of the absolute goodness of the anti-slavery mentality.

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