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    Filed at 12:29 pm under by Scott Somerville

    Daryl long identified HE&OS as a “libertarian-leaning edublog.” I noticed he changed it to “democratic-libertarian,” but didn’t have a chance to ask him why. I suspect it’s because the war is causing deep divisions in our political world.

    Joe Lieberman was Al Gore’s running mate in 2000; now he may be run off the Democratic reservation in a primary fight. Glenn Reynolds (who may be the world’s most influential modern libertarian, due to the popularity of Instapundit), champions same-sex marriage, women’s choice, and other socially liberal causes. But because Glenn supports the war in Iraq, some of my favorite libertarians have written him off. I could go on and on with specific examples, but you can probably fill them in yourself.

    I hope the homeschool movement can avoid being ripped apart over this war. It won’t be easy. Our instincts on something this important will be to (1) try to persuade other homeschoolers that our position is right and (2) to write other homeschoolers off if we can’t persuade them. I don’t think there are enough homeschoolers in America to afford us to write any of us off.

    We’re in a volatile political environment. A few more bad breaks, and we could have Speaker Pelosi filing articles of impeachment next January. A few lucky breaks in Iraq and an “October Surprise” or two and Bush might get a filibuster-proof Senate. I’m going to do everything I know how to build bridges with homeschoolers on the other side of the political fence right now, not burn them down.

    9 Responses to “Are Libertarians Divided?”


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    July 17th, 2006
    at 1:04 pm

    Reynolds got his start as a “warblogger.” He has accused many opponents of this unwise and unjust war as being “on the other side.” There is no room for a “loyal opposition” on the pro-war side.

    Lieberman’s problems are many. Yes, he’s also pro-war. But so is Hillary Clinton. Lieberman’s major problem with the Democratic base is that he is perceived as being more than ready to stab his fellow Democrats in the back for personal political gain. He was a vocal critic of Bill Clinton in the Monica Lewinsky days, yet in December ’05 he chided other Democrats for criticizing Bush over the war in Iraq, claiming they were putting the security of the nation at risk. He was a tepid and very late opponent of Bush’s plan to privatize Social Security at a time when the Democrats were attempting to present a united front. He claims to be pro-choice, but told rape victims that Catholic hospitals could deny them emergency contraceptives and that they should go to another nearby hospital. And, finally, he is planning to run as an Independent if he loses the Democratic primary next month.

    But, I agree with Chris– none of these are homeschooling issues. We can debate them here on the blog, but they are really irrelevant to our continous fight for the educational freedoms that we have today.


    Comment by
    Scott Somerville
    July 17th, 2006
    at 1:12 pm

    Hey! I love the new look Daryl. You must have been busy over the weekend.


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    July 17th, 2006
    at 1:14 pm

    Not me.

    And, since you asked about the new sub-title. cobran...p=6665


    Comment by
    Stephanie
    July 17th, 2006
    at 1:35 pm

    Just for your data point, I consider myself to be a libertarian-conservative (small “l”, small “c”). Not conservative enough to join HSLDA or appreciate many of your pro-Republican efforts, but not moving towards the left either.


    Comment by
    Scott Somerville
    July 18th, 2006
    at 10:46 am

    I agree with Mary that “the bottom line is that we’re all homeschoolers, no matter which side of the bridge you happen to be on,” and I “count my lucky stars” every time Daryl lets me post here.

    I’m not posting and commenting on this site because I think it will boost HSLDA membership. I’m committed to this conversation because I think it will help homeschooling. And I’m deadly serious about it because I think we are heading into turbulent political waters where all the normal bets are off.


    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    July 19th, 2006
    at 7:48 am

    You’re saying if not for this war, “normal bets” among all homeschoolers are hunky-dory, no deadly serious identity conflicts to divide us? So everybody posting here is a REAL homeschooler, then, and we all agree about what that means, andwhat’s best for homeschooling, and we all fiercely support each other’s best efforts despite all our other differences, instead of fighting harder against each other than for each other? Rii-ii-ght.


    Comment by
    Carlotta
    July 20th, 2006
    at 3:28 am

    I was very struck recently by the cohesiveness of a group of UK Home Educators when we all got together to defend our HE rights against state intervention. We all knew our stuff and spoke with one voice. This was startling as we have in the past found strong grounds for disagreement in other matters.

    Overall, it was reassurring to know that we can form meaningful associations when we need to.


    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    July 20th, 2006
    at 8:45 am

    I understand this was meant to say we can get along — but what it says to me is that we can only get along in order to fight! It’s not reassuring to realize that the only time we think we “need to” and therefore “can” be cohensive within meangful associations, is when we perceive our own liberty is sufficiently threatened to alarm us into fighting some common enemy.
    I don’t buy that about human nature generally, nor homeschool libertarians particularly – but lots of people insist I’m wrong about this and keep right on sounding their battle cries. So many in fact, one has to suspect maybe I AM wrong about this . . .


    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    July 20th, 2006
    at 8:57 am

    Thanks for the preview function with the bigger font size!
    Now if I can just remember to scroll down and use it–