Lew Rockwell , a libertarian writer and former editorial assistant to Ludwig von Mises, writes at lewrockwell.com about how the libertarian movement must avoid attracting people for the wrong reasons. He wisely separates libertarianism from the various niches one can create for themselves, such as Christian libertarianism or libertine libertarianism. Most importantly, he correctly points out the danger when libertarians create their own brand or version and try to pass it off as the only legitimate version which all must submit to – something I’ve written on before here and here.
There are several ways a young libertarian can distinguish himself. He can be an effective communicator of libertarian ideas as a writer or speaker. He can employ his unique talents — as an artist, animator, interviewer, or whatever — to convey the libertarian message in new and compelling ways. He can become a specialist in some area of scholarly inquiry relevant to libertarianism. Or he can add to the edifice of libertarian thought by solving a longstanding problem, critically reexamining an old question, or applying libertarian theory to new areas as technology develops and civilization evolves.
I can think of people who fit all these descriptions. What distinguishes them all is that they worked very hard to establish their well-deserved niche within the community of libertarian thinkers.
By contrast, people might establish niches for themselves by devising their own peculiar version of libertarianism, and claiming that their discovery alone is the real thing. Not only is this method easier than the ones I described above, but it also allows the creator the pleasure of rendering sanctimonious judgment on those benighted souls who cling to plain old libertarianism, with no labels, no caveats, and no apologies.
As a libertarian with a strong passion for writing, I seek to promote the political philosophy in the form of commentary, as well as art through my fictional writing. In my novels, most of the protagonists cherish independence as one of their highest values. Their personalities and other values, however, vary greatly from the hopelessly cynical and psychologically disturbed to the undauntedly idealistic and morally upright. Yet the theme of freedom is at the heart of their desires, which propel the narrative. My art also promotes the inclusiveness of libertarianism and freedom. Everyone should have the freedom to do as they please as long as they conform to the Non-Aggression Principle. This leaves a very large gap for people to fill in other desires, wishes, values and beliefs.
Every person who believes in freedom and liberty can do the same when they discover their talents, skills and passions.