Why I Quit HIV

This is all I'm going to say on the list:

1) The government should not use tax money to fund scientific research. I
think we all agree on this.

2) Libertarians challenging non-government establishments, *as
Libertarians*, contribute to our public perception as cranks.

On that second point, it's true of anyone challenging the status quo, from
Socrates through Jesus and Galileo to Timothy Leary. And challenging
established truths is a critical process to advancing human knowledge.
However, I think we should try to keep *Libertarian* discussions, per se,
focused on the role of government; for any given anti-mainstream theory
brought up, there will be a few people who dismiss the propents as cranks.
The more widely we range, under the Libertarian umbrella, the more people
will get that impression of us as a group.

~Chris

Dear Chris;
   
  In your missive you said:
   
  for any given anti-mainstream theory brought up, there will be a few people who dismiss the propents as cranks. The more widely we range, under the Libertarian umbrella, he more people will get that impression of us as a group.

  Does this mean Libertarians aren't a bunch of people with cranky shorts? If not then I have been led astray. Cranky shorts is why I joined. This being topped off by being a grouchy old man. What a Combo!!!!!!!
   
  I say keep the cranks turning and quit caring that people think of Libertarians as cranks. Remember: The cranky wheel gets the grease.
   
  Afterall think of those cranks in the Green Party and what they've done while being cranks!!!!! Think of Matt Gonzalez as almost the Mayor of San Francisco!!!! Yikes!!!!!! Talk about almost stepping on your crank!!!
   
  Ron Getty
  SF Libertarian
   
  "Christopher R. Maden" <crism@...> wrote:
  This is all I'm going to say on the list:

1) The government should not use tax money to fund scientific research. I
think we all agree on this.

2) Libertarians challenging non-government establishments, *as
Libertarians*, contribute to our public perception as cranks.

On that second point, it's true of anyone challenging the status quo, from
Socrates through Jesus and Galileo to Timothy Leary. And challenging
established truths is a critical process to advancing human knowledge.
However, I think we should try to keep *Libertarian* discussions, per se,
focused on the role of government; for any given anti-mainstream theory
brought up, there will be a few people who dismiss the propents as cranks.
The more widely we range, under the Libertarian umbrella, the more people
will get that impression of us as a group.

~Chris