Many would say that the Western Civilization as a whole is going downward and it can be argued that at this point, it is too late to be saved. There are signs to this, signs which were present even up to perhaps 200 years ago. This skepticism seems to be reinforced by the observation that many have lost faith in the West and their propositions for change are often radical, and sometimes violent. Even the widespread popularity of dystopian films and literature probably reflects this skepticism.
However, whether of not Western Civilization is dying, the answer of what to do, and how to conduct ourselves in our communities nevertheless remains very similar. We should conduct ourselves with integrity towards our fellow man and our fellow woman. Respecting one anothers choice to act and to create and to think and to earn a living for themselves and their families. I believe that in the Political realm, this is what it means to be a Libertarian.
As Tacitus said “The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.” and this seems precisely what we are heading toward in the West. So many laws in fact, that nobody is really innocent anymore. We are all guilty to the State. In contrast to this, stands ideas that value cooperation between individuals. Not resorting to violence unless absolutely necessary. Being a Libertarian means becoming a better citizen and a better neighbor, learning how to conduct oneself in a fashion that best supports oneself, ones family, and ones neighbor.
To this end, over the past year I have been reading as much Libertarian literature as I can and I would love it if others would read together with me and discuss it. :)
To those who like what I am saying and would like to be more informed about the world and ones place in society and culture, I would love it if you would join me in reading through the Mises Universities required reading list. I have started a group that will be the perfect place for discussion about the material that we read together.
Please visit both of the links below, join the first group, a minds group I made for this purpose. Whenever you read something from the list given in the second link, post your thoughts of it in the group in the first link. Let's read together.
Minds Group - Austrian Economics and Libertarianism
Mises Universitys required reading