It was a cold, yet snowless, winter night in California (yes, be jealous), as the stars drew at a slow moving pace around the clear mountain skies as I lied on my bed at the inter-YAL chapter Winter Retreat I helped organize.
Here, I had a light bulb moment to start a new blog series called, “Consider the Otherwise” where I play devil’s advocate for the sake of keeping an open mind on things and to gain empathy for the other side. But let me give you some back story first!
So a couple weeks ago on Facebook, while idly browsing and procrastinating my time away from assignments, I was invited to like a satire page named “The Libertarian Purist.” There, emblazoned with a high-nosed, self-righteous looking, pompous, collared gentleman as the page’s mascot with a cover picture laying out, “I am elitist” loudly and proudly. The page surely does fit the description of “So you think you're a libertarian, huh? Not without my blessing. I am the decider, I am the anointed one, I am...The Libertarian Purist!" The whole thing satirically pokes fun at the stereotypical libertarian purist.
I liked the page because I know too well actual purists, some of whom are not helpful to the liberty movement, to be blunt, when they refuse to work with others. Then, it dawned on me: Why is it that we must delineate ourselves back to obscurity? As fellow YALer Elijah O’Kelley noted previously his blog post, "The Road to Obscurity," throwing potential allies and friends under the bus as some purists have done makes us an easy target for our political enemies and dooms us to