Libertarianism: The Movement I Was Born Into


Thoughts on Liberty is proud to welcome a new author: Crissy Brown! Instead of spewing a whole bunch of irrelevant nonsense about her, I’ll let her introduce herself. Here’s Crissy on her own sense of freedom. ~G

Why am I a libertarian?

The only conceivable answer I can arrive at is simply that I always have been. The essence of who I am is founded on a belief in personal liberty.

I’ve always been distrustful of authority or “big influence,” a trait my parents did not find endearing. Questioning authority as a child is a dangerous game, but I never have been able to stomach following a rule I don’t understand or that I know to be nonsensical.

I have found that authority figures don’t often discern a difference between those refusing to comply with the rules and those questioning their function; all are labeled dissenters, trouble-makers. But this questioning of the status quo is, in my humble opinion, essential to libertarian thought.

Libertarians venerate the power of the individual. Our country was established on the standard of capitalism and the disregard for social class; practices that aided America in becoming a hegemony and then a world super power. Libertarianism asks you to imagine this concept applied on an individual level: What – or who – might be created?

The psychologist Susan Collins argues in her book Quiet that private practice and solo performance yield greatness, excellence. This is (or once was) the very foundation of the American ideal. An ideal that produced people like Arianna Huffington, Rachel Maddow, and, yes, Barack Obama; people who rose to the top of their fields only to mock the notion that humans can be trusted to manage their own affairs upon arrival.

So, true, we find a system of individual freedom is optimal for efficient output. But even more, it is the moral right of every individual.

Human beings are sovereign entities; implored to esteem certain rights as necessary. Government exists to protect these rights, not the other way around. Libertarianism is balanced on the belief that humans are self-determined and autonomous beings, rational in individual thought. Because we think – we are free, making enslavement by definition the mortal enemy of human nature.

This is the world presented to me; the truest truth I know. Humankind is the world’s chief sovereign, threatened only by individuals seeking to enhance their own power by taking it from others. Society institutionalized this force, and today we call it government.

I am not an anarchist or an isolationist – I recognize most institutions are born from good intentions. It is when these institutions infringe on the most basic of human requirement that they become oppressive.

I grew up questioning all forms of tyranny and subjugation because I am – and have always been – an advocate for freedom, a champion of choice, and a dissenter of the status quo.

I am a libertarian, and baby, I was born this way.