An article over at KillCelebritarians.org caught my eye today, and in writing a comment to reply I realized I'd created a full-blown blog. It's rare my concentration levels sustain this type of focus, so I figured I better develop it for OutrightUSA.org while my caffeine buzz is peaking. Therefore I present to you, the unofficial thoughts of our Secretary on the debate currently raging in Libertarian circles.
I've been aware of the brutalist, thin/thick, etc... conversation and even podcasted on the subject before, but what I find interesting about the debate is not so much seeing one side or the other quote "win", but the opportunity for reaching a synthesis that incorporates the best of all viewpoints. Somewhere at the intersection of right- and left-libertarianism is a place we can find a resolution of the status quo left/right dichotomy both rhetorically and ideologically, and that's a position of strength in regards to winning converts from any quadrant of the Nolan Chart over to ours.
For me, "privilege checking" and more importantly, the concepts related to the way privilege impacts individuals, are one of those things I choose to internalize the useful parts of (i.e. awareness, NOT blame, shame or guilt) and then go on with my life. It is not the only weapon in my arsenal of self-empowerment, or even the most important one, but it IS a useful one. This awareness isn't just about how I behave, but how I react to the way others behave.
Like most individuals, the layers of privilege I navigate are complex and intersectional. I am a cis white kinky queer non-conformist male survivor of violence living with HIV who has experienced and recovered from homelessness, drug addiction, and mental illness. Recognizing unchecked privilege in others signals to me how I should move forward within each specific interaction, and it also provides me a more sophisticated framework for dealing with it rationally and either confronting it with compassion or ignoring it strategically.
A leader for one Texas Libertarian Party county affiliate comes out swinging against gays and lesbians.
Doc Greene, Sr., the newly-minted vice chair of the Harris County Libertarian Party and Internet radio talk show host, posted dramatic comments about the LGBT community Monday afternoon on Facebook.
After a libertarian activist applauded what is believed to be the first legal gay marriage in Texas, Greene fired back:
While Outright Libertarians certainly support Greene's First Amendment rights, there is no justification for the leader of any level of our Libertarian Party to utter such vitriol.
(A call to action related to the #StandWithMonica campaign)
"Project ROSE is put on through ASU School of Social Work, and it happens to be Social Work Month. The National Association of Social Workers has been pretty quiet about Project ROSE even though the UN is listening about the program's human rights abuses.
"It'd be pretty powerful if we could pressure the NASW to issue some kind of statement. If you're wondering what you can do until the trial, bug them on Facebook and Twitter (@NASW) and ask if they support the profession being used as a platform to exploit marginalized people."