The Libertarians Who Cried Wolf – A True Fable
Once upon a time, in a magical land called New Hampshire, there lived a society of people who called themselves libertarians. In most ways, they were just like any other people. They had jobs, families, and friends. They cared about the world they lived in, and wanted to make it better. They didn’t like the use of violence or deception.
What set these people apart from others however, was that they did not make exceptions to the rules for a class of people who called themselves “the government”. In most places, New Hampshire included, evil kings and queens claimed to rule over the society and would use violence and deception to maintain their control. The libertarians of New Hampshire had come together in this magical place from around the world to build a society without kings and queens, evil or otherwise. This made them the target of some very ruthless people who rather enjoyed the benefits bestowed upon them by the kings and queens of the world.
The libertarians dealt with such problems by way of reputation. They were master communicators, and had fully mastered the technology of the day in order to spread messages very quickly. Whenever somebody was a threat to their way of life, they would quickly warn everyone in the society about the threat in order to prevent and mitigate damage. For a time, this worked very well and the libertarians of New Hampshire seemed almost invincible.
But as things got better and better in New Hampshire, as more people heard about the success of their political migration, more and more people decided to join the libertarians of New Hampshire. The society grew rapidly, and with it, the number of people echoing messages over their communications networks. As their numbers grew, so did the number of people echoing messages over their lines of communication, there were personality conflicts that had nothing to do with the rules, and not all of them entirely understood or respected the rules of the society.
Some people decided to begin sending warnings about people who were not in fact threats to their way of life. Some would even send out warning messages about the staunchest defenders of that way of life. An ever increasing number of people who joined them, were actually ideologically opposed to their way of life, preferring instead the toxic scourge of egalitarianism, a plague which had ruined countless societies before them.
Before long, this influx of charismatic rival propagandists had ostracized or otherwise treated badly a number of libertarians. Almost all of whom, it is worth mentioning, were white male heterosexuals, a group which the egalitarians viewed as being the enemy of the human race. Those who had received this poor treatment, and those who saw it and disagreed with it, stayed with the New Hampshire libertarians, but distrusted the reputation network that had previously been their defense as a result. For quite some time, that reputation network helped to chase out threats, but once that network was used against people who were not threats, its warnings lost their meaning.
Meanwhile, in a land far away, Ashley and Damon, two followers of the prophet Molyneux became disheartened. They had been expelled from an online community of like minded people, and set out to destroy the lives of him and his followers. They started a website to defame them and publish their personal information, in a practice called “doxxing”.
The pair came to New Hampshire intent on inflicting suffering on the New Hampshire libertarians. A hospitable people, the New Hampshire libertarians welcomed Ashley and Damon into their community, but it wasn’t long before people began to question their motives. They attended a conference, and later a night club, largely inhabited by those who had previously used the reputation system against wrongly. They stole, instigated fights, and were expelled from the conference and the night club.
Attendees took to the communications networks to warn others of their behaviors, as they had done countless times prior. Some took the messages as gospel and turned away from the new visitors. Others however, had become wary of previous abuses of the reputation system, and were not so quick to ostracize the pair. They asked questions, found inconsistencies, and defended the reputations of the two, suspicious that this was yet another abuse of the reputation system.
This allowed the malicious duo to stay embeded longer than usual. They were allowed inside the homes and businesses of several New Hampshire libertarians. They gathered information, committed fraud, and disrupted other social gatherings before the other libertarians realized that these warnings were legitimate and ostracized them. At this time, the extent of the damage inflicted is still unclear.
What is clear, is that due to the abuses of libertarians who cried wolf, the reputation system that had long defended the society had been rendered meaningless. Future infiltrators will surely enjoy similar comforts, and if only slightly more strategic in their attacks on the society, will likely have far greater success in their attempts to inflict damage.
I put this story together this way in order to convey an important lesson. While not aggression per se, the slanderers who abuse the reputation system make the society weaker and invite damage upon their peers. Those who come here with the intent of undermining our way of life are powerless against a functional reputation system. Those who damage the reputation system however, be it for personal vendettas, or extra libertarian ideological agendas, provide aid and comfort to the enemy. It is they, not the enemy, who will ultimately be our undoing.
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