Hello! This is my first post, so I thought I’d begin by sharing a story with y’all. (I’m from the south, and I use “y’all”. Just go with it. I promise it will grow on ya.)
A few weeks ago, I was riding the metro when a blind man boarded the train car with his seeing-eye dog. The man sat next to me and we chatted for a moment about his dog’s fear of the metro when a lady in serious need of a visit from Stacy and Clinton boarded the train at the next stop. She waved at the blind man and said, “Hi! Remember me? We met last week?” When the man failed to respond, the woman sheepishly slid down the aisle to a seat. The man then leaned over to me and asked if the woman had been talking to him. I said she had, and mentioned that she had also waved her hand. To this the man replied, “Ha, what an idiot.”
I often wonder if being a libertarian and trying to educate others about it is a lot like waving at a blind man. We scream and shout about freedom and liberty and voluntarism like people are even able to hear us. It’s very frustrating to speak to someone about it when they have absolutely no frame of reference or worse, an incorrect frame of reference. How many people do you know or have tried to educate about libertarianism who thought it was some sort of fascist right wing conservative uprising or a French nudist cult?
So how do we fix this? Whiskey and Car Keys is certainly a start, but the problem is a lot more fundamental than this. Before the blind man can see anything, his eyes have to be in working order. What tools are we supposed to give people or teach them so that the right things ‘work’ and they’re prepared to hear our message?