I have posted about 150 times here at BCC, but as I went back through the archives recently, I realized that the very first post I wrote is far and away the best one. This discovery depresses me in no small measure. One of the things I liked about it is that I let my love of free markets be seen, at least indirectly. I’ve generally shied away writing or commenting on politics since then, after discovering that most of the readers and most of my co-bloggers take a less-than-sunny view of market economics. I’ve told myself that I’m trying to avoid debates; in reality, I’ve realized just a coward. This discovery also depresses me in no small measure. In recent weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about my political ideals, and have discovered several things about myself and my beliefs–nearly all of which–you guessed it–depress me in no small measure.
Over the next little while, and in the spirit of slicing the baloney thin (so no flavor can hide) I’m going to write about these depressing discoveries as they pertain to my libertarian mindset.
For today, I’ll keep it short:
When it comes to providing for the poor and needy through public taxation or private charity, I discovered that I’ve been kidding myself for years: If you decrease my tax rate a little bit, I’m probably not going to increase my charitable donations. Instead, I’m just going to eat out a little more often or watch a few more movies.
I think that if most libertarians looked themselves in the mirror, they’d come to the same conclusion.