My regular readers know that I tend to lean pretty heavily libertarian and that my views on government typically reside in the philosophical realm, rather than reflect the reality of our current political system.
I am not sure if I have always been that way on this blog, but I am not about to go dig through my archives to find out.
I realized that I have been going about it all wrong.
I thought that if I could just get people to understand the small government philosophy, the desire to apply that to our current government would follow.
What on earth was I thinking?
Sure that type of philosophical thinking has its place, but it is not going to change much at a practical level.
In fact, I did not lean toward small government because I read some impressive dissertation on the subject.
I was quite happy to support big government policies that I agreed with, until I started homeschooling. That’s when I learned just how burdensome government regulations can be and how much government can really bump up against your freedom, especially when you are doing something that is out of the mainstream.
It was though a practical example of government behaving in a way that negatively impacted my life that I began to realize the value of libertarian thought.
That is when I decided that, regardless of what I think about something, we should not always use the power of law to stop other people from doing it.
Reflecting on my own conversion, I realized that I should focus more on current political discussions and how they relate to my ideological principles in a practical way.
By that I mean, no more posts in which I envisage a world without regulations and try to explain why that would not lead to people dying in the streets.
The reality is that we do have regulations, but they are imperfect – as regulations will always be. I should be discussing how we can make them work better, rather than philosophizing about getting rid of them all.
That said, I still believe in a smaller, freer society. I am just trying to be more realistic about the fact that that is not the world we live in.