American Divisions

There are probably about 60% of Americans now that believe in a much more authoritarian government. About half of those are on the far right and half on the far left. Then there are the 40% in between that are split between more or less authoritarian. Yet somehow we must all find a way to live together in the same country.

Few people are truly evil. Everyone has those they care about. Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons, and daughters. Extended families. Best friends and acquaintances. They try to be good people, however they may define good. Some are taught what is good by their families. Some in church. Some in school. Some from learning and making up their own minds.

Throughout most of history, and far before, people were defined by what group or tribe they belonged to, a collective identity. America is the only country that was founded on the basis of ideas, not identity. The individual, not the group.

Yet these days it seems as if we're doing our best to throw all that away. You are now to be defined by your immutable characteristics. The color of your skin. Your sex. Whatever victimhood you claim. This is a huge step backwards. A retreat from civilization. A battle of all against all. How are we to build a better country on this basis?

Throwing Down My Gauntlet

This blog is my platform for my thoughts about many topics, from classical economics to the latest happenings. I'm a Libertarian and have been for forty years. While my degrees are in engineering, social sciences, particularly economics and politics, have always been an avocation. Plus, I'm a bookworm. At one point my personal library was over 3,000 physical books. That part's down to around 1,000 now, but eBooks make up a lot of what I have now and I will be setting up as a source for downloading many of them that are in the public domain.

I'm in the process of trying to recreate much of what used to be here but was lost in the transition from a broken multi-site system to the standalone blog it now is. So stay tuned for the good old content and what comes in new.