The Libertarian in Community

“A community is the mental and spiritual condition of knowing that the place is shared, and that the people who share the place define and limit the possibilities of each other’s lives. It is the knowledge that people have of each other, their concern for each other, their trust in each other, the freedom with which they come and go among themselves.” ~  Wendell Berry

A stereotype of Libertarians is that we are gun toting men, with good technical skills and lousy people skills living alone in ugly apartments.  One purpose I want to achieve in this blog is to broaden the view of Libertarians.  Another is to explore the node where the conscious human who is his own authority meets with other conscious beings who are likewise their own authority.

Finding this sweet spot where the unique, free individual lives in a community is a challenge; however, we Libertarians need to value not only freedom and autonomy but also our connection to others.  Our real concern that the state enforces collectivism should not blind us of our need to connect with others in a meaningful way.

In my last post, I mentioned that diversity is not the quality that brings people together in a group–certainly it’s not a quality that Wendell Berry thought contributed to his view of community.  Today, I have acknowledged that groups are important.  Later posts will look at how government policies use those two facts to the detriment of all Americans.


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