I 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: 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.”