10-18-2016, 04:37 PM
Well I've had a very enlightening discussion with a group of leftists at another discussion board, which lead me to the most profound - as I consider it - revelation.
First, a little background on myself, and then the discussion which produced this insight:
I went through and graduated college a dedicated leftist, like many, in the late 90's, but gradually drifted to a "centrist" the more time I spent in the workforce. I do not think myself the least bit unique in that trend. I've been a dedicated Ron Paulian since about 2008. I got interested in his campaign late in the game in 2008, seeking out a different voice from the standard left/right, Dem/Rep talking point game. I did the requisite reading as a Ron Paulian - your Rothbards, your Rands, your Hayeks, etc. I read the blogs, I listened to the podcasts - your Woods', your Rockwells, etc. I came across at one point or another this succinct video from some source or another:
I consider myself to be well- but not deeply -read. I consider the philosophy of liberty to be self-evident. I have considered it an "objective truth", but in the course of my discussion at the other board, I have conceded that the term "objective truth" is probably not the correct terminology. Individual liberty derived via "deductive reasoning" is probably more accurate, and certainly more defensible.