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Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Follies of Incrementalism and Compromise

I am slowly becoming an incrementalist libertarian. Toward the cause, by pointing away from my idealist roots. I blame this solely on peer pressure. My democrat-leaning friends argue that my unyielding economic views wrongly side me with republicans, despite this same party's history of non-libertarian intervention regarding social issues and civil liberties.

So, I want to be careful not to ignore "better" over "perfect," with the pragmatic part of me slowly being won over to support bills I don't really like, over the current state which I dislike even more. And I have no idea how I feel about that - outside the fact that I know this pragmatism can only extend so far. For example, let's play like Rand Paul for a moment, and use terrible analogies to make real points.

I want to shoot 0 people. You want to shoot 50 people.

The compromise position is 25. The incremental position is 45 (as long as the present tradition is 50). But, I can only support 0. And for this, I am "unreasonable." I am "unwilling." I am an "extremist."

But, one can be all of these things and still "right." Yeah, I'm definitely back to being an idealist again. You can tell by the arrogance.

Eric Olsen,
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