In the past we have heard some fairly scathing criticism of the Libertarian Party, but recently we heard a rant to which some would cry "Ouch!"
"Because the LP sees women's personal selfish convenience on a par with newly conceived human life not yet born, because so many LP members think their selfish desire to freely use marijuana is the most important liberty of all, because the LP nominates bogus libertarian candidates who thrive on ego glorification over principle, and because LP leadership is more interested in attacking other parties than in bringing people together to work toward common goals, I have decided to call the LP the Selfish Ego-Vested Interest Party."
To which we say: Whoa! Wait a minute! Hold on!
In the first place, all political parties now in existence are based on the selfish ego interests of those involved. There are no political parties based on men and women listening deep inside to their spiritual nature, to the universal oneness we all share. Perhaps 99% of all people who associate with political parties or participate in politics do so because their ego tells them it is in their self-interest ... ego interest, not true universally shared interest.
Okay, but just because everyone is doing it doesn't make it right. Right?
Yet let's look at this from a different angle.
Some religious people using spiritual language could ask: "Although God wants us to listen deep inside to our spirit, we have the ability to listen to our ego. Why?"
Quantum physicists using scientific language might ask the same question in this way: "Although we are holograms of the entire universe containing all its wisdom, we nonetheless choose to act like separate beings with separate interests and limited perception. Why?"
Why are we free to choose our little ego viewpoint and ego misguidance instead of universal viewpoint and the guidance and wisdom of all-knowing expanse?
We understand that asking "Why?" in this matter is just another ego attempt to feel the self-importance of thinking we can know everything. Yet we nonetheless notice that every time we close down our true nature to hang out in ego, it's like breathing in; while every time we learn a lesson causing us to abandon ego viewpoint and open to universal wisdom, it's like breathing out. The process seems as necessary as breathing.
Even foregoing any "Why?" speculation we recognize that the lessons we create for ourselves are needed.
This is an important libertarian principle. Every liberal-progressive and many social conservatives believe government dictatorship is justified to save people from making mistakes or from experiencing the results of their mistakes ... to save people from themselves. The libertarian way, "live and let live," on the other hand allows people to create lessons for themselves and eventually learn as needed.
In a societal context "survival of the fittest" can sound harsh. But if rephrased and taught as "survival of peaceful civilization because people have been allowed to learn their lessons" then all political parties would quit their insanity of trying to shield us from the damage caused by following our ego.
The Libertarian Party is an association of people who in this respect are just like everyone else. If indeed there are LPers who are breathing in right now, wallowing in ego and catering to ego ... forgive them; for they know not what they do. Eventually their lessons will be learned. Eventually they will breathe out, abandon ego, and open up to universal wisdom. If that happens sufficiently we will enjoy watching the Libertarian Party become a widely appealing and efficient party for nourishing liberty, wouldn't you imagine?
And with the wisdom of insight we also forgive the reactive rants by those impatient with the Libertarian Party, for such rants are also of the ego. Ego always imprisons itself in impatience. But the true libertarian impulse inside all of us, the impulse to total freedom, only laughs at ego antics and abides in infinite peace.
a socialist governmental system led by a dominant elite which seeks to control industry and commerce, and uses legislation and governmental decree to force Utopian programs on people.
one's natural state of being; a governmental system reflecting one's natural state, including voluntary funding and voluntary willingness to join and cooperate with minimal intrinsic rules, but with no programs of "good intention" forced on people "for their own good."
If you are newly waking up to your innate libertarian core and want to investigate deeper the underlying nonsense of the liberal-progressive religion of government worship, give yourself the pleasure of reading Ayn Rand's epic and masterful novel, Atlas Shrugged.
"God's laws will keep your minds at peace, because peace IS His Will, and His laws are established to uphold it. His are the laws of freedom, but yours are the laws of bondage. Since freedom and bondage are irreconcilable, their laws CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD TOGETHER. The laws of God work only for your good, and there ARE no other laws beside His. Everything else is merely lawLESS, and therefore chaotic." -Jesus Christ in A Course in Miracles
Interesting factoid: for the last election year studied (1998) some of the highest percentage of votes for Libertarian Party candidates were for candidates who had been studying free of charge the lessons of: Course in Political Miracles
For a great discussion on Christianity vs. State Socialism see: Christianity vs. State Socialism
“I did not understand what made me free, nor what my freedom is, nor where to look to find it. Father, I have searched in vain until I heard Your Voice directing me. Now I would guide myself no more. For I have neither made nor understood the way to find my freedom. But I trust in You. You Who endowed me with my freedom as Your holy Son will not be lost to me. Your Voice directs me." (Prayer from A Course in Miracles)