One of the beauties of living a minimalist lifestyle is that most of the hotly debated political issues to me are moot points.
Those who are invested in the current setup are passionate about it because they have a lot to gain or lose. The losses are what spur them the most.
An activist father sees what happens in society and worries about what the future holds for his sons and daughters. He’s fearful of how the culture will corrupt them beyond his control.
The well-to-do man worries about higher taxes in a way a poor man does not. Even if he’s thrifty, he stands to lose a significant amount of his life spent acquiring wealthy taken from him and given to others. He worries about rising property taxes and costs of living, especially if he has kids. He’s apprehensive about the education system and has to fight tooth and nail to ensure it doesn’t turn them against everything he’s taught them to believe.
The businessman is nervous about new regulations that make it all but impossible to turn a decent profit. Meanwhile, someone else lives off of his labor.
The minimalist man does not really fret about these things. He may ponder them. He may find it unsettling. But it does not occupy his mind in the same manner.
He has no kids. If society teaches boys to act like maidens and girls to act like boys, it’s awful. It’s a travesty. But they’re not his kids.
He makes enough of an income to get by. If they raise taxes, he just spends less. Or finds a way to avoid the tax. Not having a wife or kids make this easier. He also doesn’t let it get to him. He pays taxes, but it’s insignificant compared to what others pay who work better jobs. He’s too small of a host to tolerate much of a parasite.
He doesn’t own a home or condo. If they raise property taxes, his rent goes up. If he can’t afford it anymore, he finds a smaller place. Or he moves. But he’s not “losing” property in doing so. A man who has to sell his home to find somewhere more affordable is being ejected from his own property through coercion.
The minimalist man doesn’t have to suffer this humiliation.
He’s not worried about what might be stolen because he’s avoided accumulating anything that can be feasibly taken by the state. If he invests, it’s in alternative ways. His wealth is made up of things that can’t be taken if they decide to institute an asset tax.
Some might say this lifestyle avoids normal responsibilities. Possibly. There’s a reason why. There are strong incentives to do so. Thanks to state intervention, responsibilities today have become incredible liabilities.
The beauty of minimalism for me really stands out when I hear some inane thing being proposed or advocated. Rather than get angry like so many people I know, I shrug and go back to doing whatever it is I enjoy. I refuse to let it dictate the terms on which I live.