Too much stuff being talked about “racism” lately on the liberty blogs. The best response I’ve ever seen on any blog regarding being called a racist was from Fred Reed on the fredoneverything blog site. If you aren’t a regular reader, I recommend it.
Here is his blog on being called a racist:
He correctly points out that the real response to being called a racist is, “so-what”.
I love liberty. For me though, liberty doesn’t mean that everyone has to be like me, agree with me, or even love me. I don’t even agree with myself sometimes. And I surely don’t love myself all the time.
Those who despise liberty want everyone to think the same, and it’s always them that get to define what “the same” is.
We on the liberty side are supposed to embrace true diversity of thought. When we decide that some folks shouldn’t be allowed to think differently than we do, how are we any different than those that despise liberty?
There is a huge difference between embracing ideas and defending ideas. Quite frankly, up until the point that you transition your thoughts into actions that actually hurt me, I don’t care what you believe. That is what liberty is supposed to be about.
Liberty doesn’t include the idea that you won’t hurt my feelings. Liberty doesn’t include the idea that you won’t vote for someone that I think is evil. Liberty doesn’t include the idea that you must agree with whoever is the leader of the day.
Those who openly call for violence against and death of Muslims as a group, or folks who chose to work for the government or law enforcement are not friends of liberty. Calling other people enemies of liberty while touting threatening messages to groups of people is stupid at best and anti-liberty at worst.
Stalin, Pol-Pot, Mao, and many others had the place for folks that want blind followers.