What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient… highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it’s almost impossible to eradicate. An idea that is fully formed – fully understood – that sticks; right in there somewhere.
I have been fascinated by the elegance and power of the market mechanism since first learning economics at secondary school. I’m not sure if that shaped my beliefs or if I found the ideas so attractive because they buttress my existing political instincts.
At university, I learned that my views are known as ‘Classical Liberal’ or ‘Libertarian’, convinced that a faith in free people making their own decisions about their own lives was the most moral and efficient organising principle for society.
In the time since, I have I read widely and spent a lot of time contemplating these ideas and the arguments and evidence both for and against. My thinking has undoubtedly become clearer, and my understanding of how the ‘pieces of the puzzle’ fit together has improved. I think I understand much more than I did. Whenever I felt strongly about something, and I was convinced that I was right I felt compelled to share that view to help others understand (as I saw it).
Over the years I sporadically posted serious political type stuff on Facebook, but this was not always well received – so I recently decided to stop doing that. JTsMusings will be the new outlet for my venting.
I’m also excited about practising writing and “publishing” to see if I am any good at it. I hope it will be a good outlet for my creativity, such as it is. I have always imagined “doing something different” with my career in future and I view this website as a potential first step onto the journalism/politics path.
Some people disagree with what I think about the world. People who have really read and understood the classical liberal outlook and decided it isn’t for them won’t be changing their minds anytime soon – just as I won’t be changing mine – and that’s ok. However, I do find I gain a better understanding of my own position through reading arguments with which I disagree; hopefully that applies in the other direction too.
A minority do already share my world view. Although these people might not be learning anything or changing their minds by visiting my website, I hope they enjoy reading – it’s always nice to read something which reinforces your own opinions.
The majority of people out there have not heard the ideas explained properly. They may have heard bits & pieces, they may have heard some ‘straw man’ versions, or they may just not care very much.
A belief in the power of freedom can be exhilarating and beautiful; the associated ideas can be valuable tools for understanding the world better. I find all this stuff fascinating and I want to share it with you all.