I am referring to my post, Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire.
When I wrote the post, I debated introducing it with a disclaimer; I decided not to do so, and this has caused some misunderstandings.
Here is the disclaimer: the post is fiction; I do not live in such a place; I don’t know of such a place; if I knew of such a place I would move there…if they would have me.
I wrote the post as a follow-on to a very long and meaningful (to me, at least) dialogue I have been having with myself and with many individuals who comment at this blog. The subject is the intersection of libertarian theory and culture; how one plays against the other and what this interaction means regarding the prospect of achieving and keeping liberty.
I wanted to come up with a different and unique way to get my thoughts on this topic out there. By personalizing the issue and also describing an NAP violation that most people would consider relatively minor, I thought the picture I have tried to convey would be made clear to a few more eyes.
The subject is meaningful enough to me that I have dedicated a page at this site to document and summarize the many posts I have written on this topic.
I decided not to add the disclaimer because I felt that those who visit here to read this stuff are pretty aware of the dialogue. This was my big mistake, and for this I owe many of you an apology.
You can tell by the comments in response to the post that many individuals misunderstood my intent; I do not blame any of you. I have also received emails along the same lines; I do not blame any of these writers.
But the whopper came this morning: Libertarian Good Old Boys: A Community Experiment, by Gary North:
The editor of a libertarian website, Bionic Mosquito, recently posted this article. I have never heard of anything like this in my life.
Well, I know why he hasn’t heard of such a thing; and I don’t blame Dr. North.
He goes on to publish a large portion of the essay, along with some comments of his own at the end. Now is not the time to give my thoughts, if any, regarding his comments – other than to say that I agree with many of the points he makes. But I will revisit this in the coming days.
Talk about something getting out of hand.
I will say again, to all who misunderstood the purpose of the subject post, I apologize for creating a misunderstanding. The fault is mine.
In the future, if I ever write fiction again (this may be only the second or third time that I can recall), I will label it as such.