I’m not a political person, by choice, and I must say, researching the latest developments convinced me of one thing — I am right to avoid it. There is a scripture that says, It doesn’t belong to man even to direct his step. And it’s true. I see now clearly that it’s true. Humans are just human, and we don’t know what to do in our own lives half the time, let alone how to govern other humans successfully. And it shows. What form of government hasn’t been tried? None of them satisfy everyone. So I think we did that experiment. I don’t expect great improvement.
Pamela Jones, in what she says is the final article at Groklaw. I could have quoted half of it. Even if you’ve never read Groklaw before or you don’t even know what it is, do go and read the whole thing. Not necessarily for her main point about the NSA revelations driving her to close the site, but simply for an excellently written piece about individual liberty.
I think there are a lot of people like this, who aren’t overtly political but have basically libertarian ideas. In fact, there’s no “but” about it: if you’re not interested in politics and think there should be less of it, then you’re halfway to being a libertarian already. I could have written everything after the first sentence in that quote myself.
If we’re ever to reduce the size of governments in any meaningful way, these people have to be engaged. I wish I knew how to do it without falling at the first hurdle because it’s “politics”.