Persuasion. It is the cornerstone of the political philosophy of any classical liberal, libertarian, or voluntaryist you’re likely to meet. We oppose the initiation of force to achieve political, social, or economic goals and as a result, are left with no other option when trying to accomplish a goal than to try to persuade others that our ideas are correct. Now, it’s no coincidence that in a country founded on classical liberal philosophy that persuasion is a crucial part of the fabric of the American experiment in self-government.
From the floor of the United States House of Representatives to the comments section of any political blog floating out there on the interwebs you’ll see individuals debating ideas and trying to persuade each other to their side. On topics ranging from Obamacare to foreign affairs you’ll find no shortage of heated, passionate debates between individuals carrying the banner of their beliefs. Typically on any subject you’ll find the cliché “big government liberals” vs. “small government conservatives” waging a war of words.
A person must ask themselves though, is mainstream American thought so unoriginal that we are so easily divided into these two neat, tidy little groups? Are these two labels really Continue reading