Each 4th of July, I keep expecting to see some libertarian separatist group declare independence all over again, something akin to a V for Vendetta type hijacking of the airwaves. Maybe I just have a flair for the dramatic, but when I joke about it to random people each year and voice this out loud — “I redeclare a war of independence up in this mofo” — the response is unanimously positive (and my test group has ranged from Los Angeles liberals to Southern conservatives, and now Mid-West folks who are defined mostly as apathetic).
Maybe something like this from a few years back:
The libertarian consensus is not a utopian movement. It’s a mindset, not a policy, vague but recognizable on sight — yet it has to be grounded in reality to work. A starting point is the fact that personal freedom demands personal responsibility and self discipline. This isn’t about abdicating moral authority, it’s about privatizing it.
[…] Part of the dynamic worldview is accepting the law of unintended consequences. That’s key to its counterutopianism. Less regulation might lead to more litigation, for example. Ending the Drug War would save lots of money that is now spent on interdiction, enforcement, and incarceration, but it will cost money, too, to invest in healthcare for drug users and public education about the consequences of drug use.
The libertarian consensus doesn’t mean government spending and social programs are going to go away. Responsibility for yourself does not preclude responsibility to your neighbors and nation.