I was reading the downloaded copy of a now-defunct blog from the manosphere when I came across a comment on the moral issue of honor and desertion within a military and civilian context based on the plot of a TV show. The commenter said “there is no right answer in that situation, just the best one.”
It’s a very simple statement, but I think it is extremely applicable to modern politics.
On most topics, there is no “right” answer. What I mean by that, is that there is no wholly libertarian solution to things like taxation and open borders and immigration and regulations and education and healthcare. We have the template, the model, the ideal, but trying to achieve them while adhering to the NAP at all times has us venturing close to unicorn territory.
For me, there is the best answer, the best solution.
Or, to quote Bionic Mosquito, we have to ask “what is the alternative?” If there are no better alternatives, then it is the best choice. However, it may still not be the right choice.
That can sound depressing or even defeatist. I know. But I find it easier to cope with our current predicament than believing a libertarian, stateless society is just a few political rallies away from reality. Great changes that occur suddenly also occur violently.
I also understand the dangers inherent with this kind of thinking. It’s easy to rationalize terrible choices as the “best.” But trying to come up with the right one that has little chance of getting any traction or making any changes can be just as counterproductive.
So when someone tells me that my answer is wrong, I reply, “Perhaps, but it is the best.”
I’m going to be writing a followup post on this, but something I’ve realized is that libertarians want to take a top-bottom approach, rather than a bottom-top one. They want to change things at the highest level first without making progress at the lowest levels, which is the individual. For reasons I’ll explain, I believe it is imperative we start to focus on what we can do as individuals and shift away from trying to influence that which we have little to no control over.