Aphorisms on Libertarianism, Criticism, and Psychoanalysis

Aphorisms on Libertarianism, Criticism, and Psychoanalysis

Dr. Joseph Suglia

Libertarianism is conservatism that is ashamed of saying its own name.

Criticism is the stratosphere of the mind.

The whole enterprise of psychoanalysis is to turn aliens into pets.

Dr. Joseph Suglia

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9 thoughts on “Aphorisms on Libertarianism, Criticism, and Psychoanalysis

  1. Some observations:

    “Libertarianism is conservatism that is ashamed of saying its own name.” – Half true. Conservatism is the broader inclusive term. Libertarians are generally conservatives, but they don’t give themselves the right—or anyone else the right—to compel other’s thoughts or behavior, e.g., they may advise you to live and think as an individual, but they won’t pass a law requiring it.

    “Criticism is the stratosphere of the mind.” – Excellent point. Criticism (like judgment) isn’t always about condemnation or damnation. The ability to hear constructive criticism is perhaps the quickest path to improvement.

    “The whole enterprise of psychoanalysis is to turn aliens into pets.” – True (especially for a writer of SF). And spiders are really just fuzzy little guys with extra eyes and legs trying to live their own lives.

    • “Libertarians are generally conservatives, but they don’t give themselves the right—or anyone else the right—to compel other’s thoughts or behavior, e.g., they may advise you to live and think as an individual, but they won’t pass a law requiring it.”

      I think that sums it up succinctly, speaking as a someone between libertarian and conservative. Conservatism is a very broad category that encompasses everyone who wishes to uphold an older system or moral values or political thinking. In China, is a conservative not a far-left Maoist? Conservatives in America should, if they followed the letter and spirit of the Constitution as much as they all said they did, balk at the idea of policing violence or homosexuality in media. But, too many on the right, especially the paleo and neoconservative types, do so anyways. That’s not to say the left isn’t guilty of it’s very own content policing – see the gaming industry – but it sums up the reason why I don’t consider myself a complete conservative. I’m somewhere in the Rand Paul camp.

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