Politics is built on highlighting and creating division to build coalitions that will enact compulsion on everyone else. You want to fix our divisions, minimize the role of politics in our life as shift problem solving to individuals and communities.

Many things can stand in our way of the choices we want to make; the choice to be happy, positive, and optimistic is inextricably yours. People can alter the around you, but you control the world inside your mind, use it.

The spectrum of Libertarian thought in a nutshell, ”Diverse Solutions with non-violent implementations”

It's in every individual's self-interest to live in a growingly connected world where people, goods, and ideas freely flow. Let individuals be individuals and let the natural tendency towards connection occur.

Driving people into isolation by making them fear each other by agitating their pre-existing insecurities is great for political power consolidation and sales but horrible for creating a society where people can coexist near and far peacefully.

“Empathy is simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of you’re not alone.” – Brene Brown

RT @MarkBFadel
So now cocaine is legal in Oregon, but straws aren’t. That must be frustrating.

“From each as they choose, to each as they are chosen.” - Robert Nozick

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” - Lao Tzu

@Alexmerced

The moon is a harsh mistress?

And yes, it is quite fun to count the nr of laws I have broken that make no sense, no one checks them, no one hunts you down, but somewhere sometime, some politician thought that they could be good to have in the law book.

I like this classic french quote:

If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him.

Cardinal Richelieu.

“I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.” - Robert A. Heinlein

New Podcast the important rhetorical differences between calling things rights or privileges and it's impact on culture.

open.spotify.com/episode/4gLD1

Nothing is better at managing resources than the pricing system created by free exchange. When goods see prices rise, it encourages conservation, production, and innovation. When something is abundant, it’s lower prices allow us to enjoy and signal capital go elsewhere.

Check out the newest episode of my podcast where I discuss the 2020 Election Results and my thoughts. => alexmercedcast.buzzsprout.com/

New video from reason with Joe Bishop-Henchman, Angela McArdle and myself talking about the Libertarian Party.

youtube.com/watch?v=BYqkYozpO5

I do elaborate on my thoughts in my recent podcast episode, ”Why The Libertaria Party Matters Now more than ever”

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Liberdon is a Mastodon instance for libertarians, ancaps, anarchists, voluntaryists, agorists, etc to sound off without fear of reprisal from jack or zuck. It was created in the wake of the Great Twitter Cullings of 2018, when a number of prominent libertarian accounts were suspended or banned.