So, I have been finding it hard to blog. Read the above paragraphs again. Is there anything to inspire? No. Is there a positive message of hope? No. Is there a call to arms? No.
Really, Tom, I feel your Paine (boom boom!); I sometimes wonder what the point is. I have wondered where the counter-revolution is, I have even wondered if I might set up a Libertarian Party (at least one person has emailed me proposing it and offering help and expertise).
But, really, what is the point? It isn't that, as some people say, trying to get libertarians together is like "herding cats"; it is that nothing would happen. Let us take LibertarianUK.net, a site set up to explore viable, i.e. electable, libertarian policies: in the two months or so that it has been taking submissions, the grand total is 19 articles by 10 different individuals (out of the 40 or so registered as writers).
They are good articles, to be sure, but what is the point of trying to set up a party when it is painfully obvious that, no matter how much they protest and rail against the state, barely anyone can be arsed to contribute to a website that might act as a central planning place for a libertarian agenda?
And if people cannot be bothered to even write about their beliefs—not even to the extent of cross-posting from their own blogs—then what the fuck is the point of attempting to set up a political party—the only call to arms we rationally have?
In fact, such a party would be even more dilute than a website of essays; people such as Jackart, who has contributed good articles to LibertarianUK, would never in a million years join a Libertarian Party because he cannot see the point of minority parties. We may have arguments about it, but I cannot shake his belief in this.
So, any party would consist of those few people who believed in fighting for a pure agenda of what they believed in, and they would have to commit time (at the very least) to do so. What is the point, when they will not commit to pushing an agenda through mere writing?
So, I understand Tom Paine's depression; I feel it myself, almost every day. It's just that I'm still young and angry, and trying to enthuse others through my writing is the only way in which I can possibly make a difference.
And still I wonder who on earth I should vote for...