So, this one’s gonna be about me. Let’s get this out of the way right away.
I’m 19 years old (for a few more months) and am located somewhere in or around central Europe (so yes, my native language is not English – I’ll still try to do my best). As for what I do when I’m not blogging here: I’m a student. Ha, bet you didn’t expect that! More precisely, I’m currently in my second year as a business administration major at a rather well-known university (if you’re from around here) in the second-best country in the world. I’m also male but I’m sure you would have been able to guess that on your own.
Now, for the juicy part. I’m strongly libertarian (or classically liberal – round here the left hasn’t succeeded yet in making ‘liberal’ a bad word), a bit more so than my partner in crime. So that’s where my posts will be coming from. What does this mean precisely? Well, I’ll give you a few examples.
- I’m strongly opposed to smoking bans. Not because I smoke (I don’t and won’t until I’m 20 – the wonder of incentives properly used at work) but because I think that the government has no business telling bars or restaurants how their businesses should be run. I certainly enjoy smoke-free bars but that’s for the market to achieve and not the government.
- I’m hugely opposed to the kind of taxation we see around the world today. I would consider a flat tax an improvement but still not sufficient – a truly fair and proper system would be based on user fees and – potentially – a head tax.
- I’m in favour of legalising all drugs. Not just cannabis but also cocaine and heroin and whatever else some genius might come up with in the future. I wouldn’t necessarily want to try it myself (certainly nothing involving needles!) but again – none of the government’s business to tell people what they can put in their bodies. Of course, it’s none of the government’s business to save people after they’ve screwed up their own lives either.
- I’m an atheist. Not necessarily a must-have as a libertarian but I thought it proper to get this out in the open right away.
- On foreign policy you might consider me a recovering neo-con. I used to be a big supporter of the war in Iraq (and intellectually I can still see the merits) but then I came to embrace a non-interventionist foreign policy. Of course, seeing how I don’t do half-pregnant, I’m now opposed to much more than just the war in Iraq.
- Also, I make liking jokes about homosexuals. However, when we’re getting serious – I’m all in favour of giving them all kinds of rights (marriage (don’t know why they want that though!), adoption – you name it). I’m also in favour of polygamy. None of the government’s business telling people who they can marry (I reserve the right to be a little unclear on issues involving children – I consider them to be a pain in the ass because they can’t necessarily be thought to be mature enough to look out for themselves – but then I’m only 19 so I still have plenty of time to figure out how I feel about them).
- Somewhat similarily, I like making jokes about Jews (I refer you to the hilarious Ahmed the terrorist for a good one) – but again, once we start talking serious anti-semitism (such as what the European Left enjoys doing) I’ll come after you like an angry rottweiler on steroids. So there’s a bit more about foreign policy.
- I favour legal abortions. All the way until the fetus is able to survive outside the mother’s body. I’m sure there’ll come a time when I’ll be able to elaborate on this one but until then I’ll just say that I subscribe to the Randian argument.
Well, this seems like a decent start covering quite a few issues – and at more than 600 words it shouldn’t be too short either. I don’t want my posts to get too long because that’s something I can’t stand as a reader. Obviously, there are some issues that take more space so I can’t promise anything.
Finally, here are the raw numbers:
- Economic Left/Right: 10.00
- Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.74