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GREEN (adj.) LIBERTARIAN (noun)

About The Green Libertarian!

This website started simply as a blog outlet for me to reconcile my interest and drive for traditionally progressive ends with my core belief in libertarian means. I have met too many people who are stuck lock step in the party platform of their core group. Otherwise smart and caring people on both sides of the aisle who no longer challenge the system of beliefs around them. Left leaning folks who believe in "diversity", "open mindedness", "tolerance" but are some of the most closed minded intolerant people I know. Right leaning folks who believe societies ills will go away if "their way" is adopted. It's one thing to talk about trickle down economics or rewarding productivity but if you always appear to only be interested in your own economics and productivity who's going to believe your motives? I don't believe in absolutes. No matter what uptopia you have in your mind, it takes real work and commitment to actualize it. So I hope this site will help people on both sides of the aisle to wake up, smell the coffee, see the forest for the trees, and get over their -isms. To challenge the leaders around them. To build a better world. 

LIBERTARIAN

FROM WIKIPEDIA
"Libertarianism is a term used by a spectrum of political philosophies which seek to promote individual liberty and seek to minimize or even abolish the state. ...There is no single theory that can be reliably identified as the libertarian theory, and no single principle or set of principles on which all libertarians would agree. Since the late 19th century the term often has been used as a synonym for anarchism. Some versions of libertarianism are synonymous with classical liberalism. The word libertarian is an antonym of authoritarian."

WHY LIBERTARIAN?
I was raised in a fairly polictically neutral family (not politically absent). Neither parent ever tried to instill "their way or the highway" into me. My mother tended towards the democratic party for its direct address to the poor and uneducated. My father tended towards the libertarian party for its direct address to personal freedoms, personal responsibilities, and fairness. It wasn't until I went out on my own did I fully realize how wide a gap exists between the major political parties for simply seeing the other side as "evil" or "naive".
 
I was drawn to the left of the spectrum for its concern for the ills of the world. For righting wrongs. For the HOPE and the CHANGE. It wasn't long before I saw through the charade of the democractic party and realized that the only elements dedicated to real change were the fringe elements. Intrinsically, I have always felt a draw to natural law and the idea that NATURE establishes rights. That the people establish the government's right. This concurs with my generally Buddhist view points that CHANGE comes from within oneself. That I must take personal responsibility for my current condition as I am the only one that truely change it.

NATURAL LAW

FROM WIKIPEDIA

"Natural law or the law of nature (Latin: lex naturalis) is a theory that posits the existence of a law whose content is set by nature and that therefore has validity everywhere.[1] The phrase natural law is sometimes opposed to the positive law of a given political community, society, or nation-state, and thus can function as a standard by which to criticize that law. In natural law jurisprudence, on the other hand, the content of positive law cannot be known without some reference to the natural law (or something like it). Used in this way, natural law can be evoked to criticize decisions about the statutes, but less so to criticize the law itself. Some use natural law synonymously with natural justice or natural right (Latin ius naturale), although most contemporary political and legal theorists separate the two.

Natural law theories have exercised a profound influence on the development of English common law,[2] and have featured greatly in the philosophies of Thomas Aquinas, Francisco Suárez, Richard Hooker, Thomas Hobbes, Hugo Grotius, Samuel von Pufendorf, and John Locke. Because of the intersection between natural law and natural rights, it has been cited as a component in United States Declaration of Independence."


 
 WHY GREEN?
Just as natural law always felt intrinsically right to me, I was always had a strong sense of responsibility and thought about how my actions affect others. Guided by essentially the Christian principle of "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you", I have never separated the others into special interest groups. The others have never been homo sapien over earth or non-human animal. We all strive to take care of our immediate home, our nightly shelter. Protecting it from degradation, destruction, vandalism, theft, and disregard. However, that same sense of responsibility and care disappear when you zoom out one level and talk about our larger home. The thing makes life possible for all.

GREEN

FROM WIKIPEDIA

"Green politics is a political ideology which places a high importance on ecological and environmental goals, and on achieving these goals through broad-based, grassroots, participatory democracy. Green politics is advocated by supporters of the Green movement, which has been active through Green parties in many nations since the early 1980s. The political term Green, a translation of the German Grün, was coined by die Grünen, the first successful Green party, formed in the late 1970s. The term political ecology is sometimes used in Europe and in academic circles.

Supporters of Green politics, called Greens, share many ideas with the ecology, conservation, environmental, feminist, and peace movements. In addition to democracy and ecological issues, green politics is concerned with civil liberties, social justice and nonviolence.

Adherents to green politics tend to consider it to be part of a higher worldview and not simply a political ideology. Green politics draws its ethical stance from a variety of sources, from the values of indigenous peoples, to the ethics of Mohandas Gandhi, Spinoza and Uexküll. These people influenced green thought in their advocacy of long-term "seventh generation" foresight, and on the personal responsibility of every individual to make moral choices.

Unease about adverse consequences of human actions on nature predates the modern concept of “environmentalism.” Social commentators as far apart as ancient Rome and China[1] complained of air, water and noise pollution.

The philosophical roots of environmentalism can be traced back to enlightenment thinkers such as Rousseau in France and, later, the author and naturalist Thoreau in America. Organised environmentalism began in late 19th Century Europe and the United States as a reaction to the Industrial Revolution with its emphasis on unbridled economic expansion."


 "The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins."

- Oliver Wendell Holmes

GREEN + LIBERTARIANISM 
This classic quote from Oliver Wendell Holmes illustrates the basic idea that one should be free to pursue the life in whatever way they see fit just so long as they do not harm others or infringe their right to freedom and determination. The integration of green principles and libertarian method would prescribe a system in which damage to the earth is understood as the over extent of the fist. Pollution deprives others to the right to life without inference. That externalized costs are not society as a whole's to bear.

We should come up with active solutions to poverty, hunger, justice, environmental issues, gender and race issues, that respects freedom and necessitates the responsibility of the individual. To stop legislating through the barrel of the gun, the system where he/she with the most power wins. I believe a fair and free society will alleviate that majority of societies ills. I hope to expand on these ideas in dedicated articles.

GREEN LIBERTARIANISM

 FROM WIKIPEDIA

"Green libertarianism is a political philosophy that has developed in the United States. Based upon a mixture of political third party values, such as the environmental platform from the U.S. Green Party and the civil liberties platform of the U.S. Libertarian Party, the green libertarian philosophy attempts to consolidate socially progressive values with economic liberalism.[1]

A green libertarian would be an individual who adheres to libertarian political philosophy as well as to green ideology. While these are not traditionally seen going hand-in-hand, the two are not necessarily incompatible. For example, free market economics and environmentalism are combined in the concept of free market environmentalism. And there has recently been an interest in "how to bring green sensibilities into line with the free-market agenda of libertarians."[2]


 

What this site is:

My personal opinion.

I hope that you will consider what I present here.

And congruent to libertarian principles, you are free to leave at anytime.

 

What this site is not:

The endorsed viewpoint of any political party.

A reason for you to get emotional and send me irrational belligerent email.

A place to remain closed minded.

 

 

 
Last Updated on Monday, 15 June 2009 18:48  

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