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Shackles of Conformity

Peace activist and  SFL Student of the Year James Padilioni, Jr. takes aim at Obama's attempt to cram individuals into a box.


Libertarians, it is time that we lead the charge on ending LGBT discrimination, not because we affirm the values of each LGBT individual, but because we affirm the value of individuality and the flourishing of humanity.  What good is political liberty if you are not free to embrace the person that stares back at you in the mirror and merely live your own life? While we bicker between ourselvesabout whether or not supporting gay marriage is a truly libertarian position, countless LGBT individuals – many of whom are young teenagers – live silent lives of pain and loneliness. The dance that some libertarians perform between the distinction of libertarian politics and conservative cultural values dodges the essential problem: the personalities of others are not a subject with which you can agree or disagree; there is nothing to debate.  A person’s individuality belongs to him and him alone, and it’s not subject to community approval or tolerance.  There is a reason why Baskin-Robbins makes 31 flavors of ice cream, and it would be absurd for anyone to say “So and so likes mint chocolate chip, but I like strawberry.  While I don’t personally agree with his choice, he is free to eat whatever he wants.”  While this may be better than trying to ban mint chocolate chip ice cream altogether, the ideal situation is one in which the conversation is never raised at all because ice cream flavor preferences are viewed as mere extensions of personality and ultimately, nobody cares.


Please read the rest of Shackles of Conformity.


[These SFL youth are going to put us out of business with their excellence on LGBTQ issues.--AK]