“You’ve gotta find what you love, and let it kill you”-Kinky Friedman
Being radical is neither bad nor good in and of itself. To identify as such simply asserts one’s positions thoroughly and fundamentally divert from the mainstream paradigm. So, if on your journey in the liberty movement, you face charges of being too radicalized or not radicalized enough, remind your accuser that being a member of the Liberty movement is a radical act. Challenging the state approved parties is a form of radicalism. Rejecting the left-right dichotomy is radicalism.
Libertarianism is radicalism.
But also remind them that tactics matter and that being radical simply for the sake of being radical is not a worthy goal. A radical may support the initiation of force for political and social goals, the Dank reject such behavior.
Of course, to create a society in which radicalized ideas become the mainstream, allowing for dynamic innovation and growth, one must define what sort of radical they are. There are many radical schools of thought and it is unlikely any one philosophy will satisfy your ideals. You’ll find yourself picking and choosing ideas from various philosophies and incorporating them into your daily life.
This is a good thing. Synthesizing ideas fundamentally alters the original template creating a new and unique idea.
Awareness of one’s own radicalism is a momentous occasion. You’ll discover new arguments for being against the existence of a state structure, experience a deeper understanding of the radicalism and its positions you disagree with and abandon the mental contortions of that baffling affliction known as “minarchy.”
How radicalized should you be?
It is this authors opinion that you can never be too radical when it comes to liberty.
Radicalism takes time. The ideas must mature at the right pace for the individual.
No slower, no sooner.
My road to radicalism ran through Dr. Ron Paul. Because he shouted back at the chaotic din of America’s political system, I was exposed to radicalized liberty. During this time of rebirth, I began to envision a world free of relentless state intervention in my life and the lives of others and I rallied to that banner.
Ask yourself and those around you: “How radical am I?”
I believe all individuals are free to enjoy whatever pursuits bring them satisfaction. Whether that be love, drugs, travel, charity, family or property. Provided one uses neither force nor fraud to accomplish their goals, have at it.
Do you agree? Do those around you agree?
You are radical. Welcome to the movement.
You can read more from Joshua Smith on Think Liberty here.