The Liberty Pen Interviews: Mr. Gino DiSimone
A Tale of Two Libertarianisms:
Krugman's Inflation Incoherence:
"...Recently you sent us a letter encouraging us to renew our lapsed membership in AARP by the requested date. I know it is not what you were looking for, but this is the most honest response I can give you. Our gap in coverage is merely a microscopic symptom of the real problem, a deepening lack of faith.
While we have proudly maintained our membership for several years and have long admired the AARP goals and principles, regrettably, we can no longer endorse it's abdication of our values. Your letter specifically stated that we can count on AARP to speak up for our rights, yet the voice we hear is not ours. Your offer of being kept up to date on important issues through DIVIDED WE FAIL presents neither an impartial view nor the one we have come to embrace. We do believe that when two parties agree all the time on everything presented to them, one is probably not necessary. But, when the opinions and long term goals are diametrically opposed, the divorce is imminent. This is the philosophy which spawned our 200 years of government. Once upon a time, we looked forward to being part of the senior demographic. We also looked to AARP to provide certain benefits and give our voice a power we could not possibly hope to achieve on our own. AARP gave us a sense of belonging which we no longer enjoy. The Socialist politics practiced by the Obama administration and empowered by AARP serves only to raise the blood pressure my medical insurance strives to contain. Clearly a conflict of interest there!"
the Liberty Pen: Regarding your exploration of liberalism, could you tell us what you have learned?
The Independent Bloghorn: Above all, I have learned that liberalism, in its most secular and progressive incarnations, is a basket case of competing theories and paradigms. Ultimately, the only narrative that unites the various "brands" of liberalism is the narrative of relativism. While this creates an environment where academics can come up with some interesting, but ultimately, useless academic studies for the next interesting, but ultimately, useless academic conference, you eventually end up in a place where there are no standards for determining which parts of this project are rubbish, which parts are garbage, and which parts are just trash. When you combine this complete lack of purpose or direction with a rather militant secularist bias, any attempt to create meaning in the world becomes an act of arbitrary capriciousness. This is why when you examine any piece of legislation or policy that is heavily informed by liberalism, you will find arbitrary capriciousness as the foundation. For example, which cultural signifiers should entitle someone to the benefits of Affirmative Action? Answer: we will pick an ever-expanding list of ethnicities, which when studied in any depth within the cultural paradigms of our invention are completely meaningless. Where is the poverty line? Answer: we will pick a number. How many degrees does the earth's climate have to change for us to be worked into a mindless frenzy? Answer: we will pick a number. I got to the point where it seems like anyone with half a brain would see through this. However, if you can replace common sense with the ignorant elitism that comes from an advanced degree, then I guess you can get away with creating whatever truth it is you want to believe in.