Highly Logical: Spock the Libertarian

Spock - Star TrekI gotta give the Mises Institute some props for writing a more pop-culture article on libertarianism these days. Normally their papers are the type of dry analysis that only a policy-wonk would willingly subject themselves to.

Today’s article is a little more offbeat and fun, with a mock-serious analysis of the austro-libertarian aspects of the Vulcan race from Star Trek, the original series:

Here’s the scenario: In about 100 years the last tiny group of fugitive Austrians come up with two brilliant plans. The first is to escape the Earth using gravitic wave engines, and the second is to wear prosthetic wax ears and bad haircuts for the rest of time, to avoid being spotted by the rest of humanity when it eventually catches up with the Austrian Diaspora.

How do I know this scenario to be true? The clues are there. All you have to do is examine Vulcan wisdom, via Spock’s own recorded quotations, sent back to us via a cunning time capsule process and inserted into the famous TV series to help us eventually escape the thrall of the state.

Ok, scratch that, it’s still kinda dry. I also have no idea what the difference is between an austro-libertarian and the garden variety libertarians, but at least they’re trying a different approach, so props for that.

Update: Tim West warned of Spock’s style of reason and logic libertarianism a while ago:

Don’t be a Libertarian Spock. Spocks are logical but damn hard to connect with or feel anything for. Voters need your other half too – when they connect with you emotionally first, it’s a LOT easier to sell them on liberty.

Spock had a lot to learn from Captain Kirk on the essence of “humanity.”

  1. Good point. Although the dry articles arae interesting, they’re not going to get the younger generations interested/ partially excited about the thought of libertarianism. Plus, people always ask me for easy ways to find libertarianism, without all of the boring 2000 page essays. If they can watch movies, etc. they can get the broad principles and see why they work.

  2. Spock was a commie.

    “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one.” -Wrath of Con

    Kirk: “My friend is obviously Chinese.” -City on the Edge of Forever

    “What does it mean, ‘exact change’?” -The Voyage Home

    Harry Mudd and Quark were the real Austrians!

  3. “…Spock had a lot to learn from Captain Kirk on the essence of “humanity.”

    What? How to wear a girdle? I have always thought Shatner’s name onomateopiac-SHAT ner ner ner.

  4. As an effective party, a libertarian needs to appeal to me. I am not blue or red. I have considered myself independant for my voting life. I am tired of picking the “lesser evil”, as many my age have done all our lives. I read today in Madison, WI the Gov here leads over the two republican runners. The poll also showed the numbers equal between blue and red, but the highest number totalled was for independent/not affiliated! I would be counted in that number. We are out here-come and bring us along! Talk in personal terms-direct effect, that is the emotional/human quotient.

  5. Dry, intellectual articles may not mobilize the masses, but I wouldn’t be too hard on them. It’s about the only type of thing I’ll read these days. There is a segment of the community that is moved by that sort of thing.

  6. Spock was a scientist, he tempered his rationalism with
    empiricism.Libertarians often have trouble integrating
    other sciences into their long chain of logic economic arguments,
    which is why they have such a tough time with enviromental
    issues as well as questions of neurological dysfunction vs.
    free will, and the possibly socio-biological origin of altruism.

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