Yes, I know I already wrote a post today. Oh well. Now I’ve written two.
This initially started as a blog comment over at Jill Domschot‘s but it’s something I need to go on record about anyway, so I figured I’d keep it where I keep the rest of my thoughts.
The Christian Libertarians are being invaded by far-right jingoists and authoritarians who like the sound of “libertarian” because they haven’t yet tainted that brand they way they have all but ruined Republicanism. I promise that more and more of this is going to happen the closer we get to the next election.
That’s one of the reasons I’m changing my political affiliation to just “libertarian”. I’ve called myself “Christian Libertarian” for years as an acknowledgement of my belief that while the State should not be an all-governing authority I believe that one can, and I have, voluntarily place[d] oneself directly under the authority of God through the redemption to be had via Christ Jesus.
Now however Christian Libertarian seems to mean that they don’t like the State now that they don’t have a guy in charge so they think the State should have no authority. But they’re on God’s side and God has authority. So they claim their alliance with the Ruling Faction that way. The New Christian Libertarians are about exercising authoritarianism with the left hand instead of the right.
So yes, I am a Christian. And yes, I am a libertarian. But I’m no longer a Christian Libertarian because I flat out believe that we don’t convert people using force of law and we don’t use force of law to carpet the world to our own fussy liking.