I think I said it in my profile that I listen to a Lot of podcasts. When your job requires so little thought that you can just put yourself on auto-pilot, why not use that time to get in some education? Every few weeks I go searching the Internet for new podcasts because the ones I have either haven't updated in a while, or I'm ready for a new mind tickle. Yesterday, I did another search and discovered Free Domain Radio hosted by Stephan Molyneux. I think I recognized the voice from a Hellbound Alleee show a while back where he was discussing anarco-capitalism. I could be wrong, but Mr. Molyneux was talking about the same topics and I am just going to go ahead and make the connection. He advertises on his FDR page that he has four million downloads a year. From subscribing to his podcast, he has over one thousand shows you can listen to for free. Listening to him, I found him to be articulate, witty, and so much better than I am with analogies. The topics he focuses on most is libertarianism and anarco-capitalism. I listened to two of his podcasts yesterday and recalling the one from Alleee's show I have formed a general opinion. I don't know what to think about his ideas.
Before I knew anything about politics, before I cared to know anything about politics I happened upon Rush Limbaugh talking on the local radio. I'd heard of him, seen the bumper stickers, even listened to an audio book by Al Frankin about him being a big, fat, idiot which was mostly about Frankin and less about Limbaugh. I was basically listening to Rush with no preconceived idea what he was talking about other than politics. So I listened. I didn't know what politics he subscribed to, but I knew that whatever that was he was saying, I disagreed with. You never know what you believe till you hear someone with an opposing view is a piece of advice I give to my friends. I learned more about what I believed listening to Rush than almost any other source.
I know the tiniest fraction of anarchy as a political system or as a philosophical position. I know perhaps two tiny fractions about libertarianism, mostly from listening to Penn Jillette. Mr. Molyneux is very convincing in his arguments and analogies, but I still do not know how I feel about them. I bring this up, and this is actually what this whole post is about, because I remember another time when I was bombarded with an entirely new idea system and there were so many points and issues to hammer over it took a while before I could say, “Yes, I am convinced. I am an Atheist.”
The Atheist Experience is an Austin public access live call-in TV show. It has been on the air every week for about 11 years now. I didn't start not believing in gods because of the show, but now that I've read so much about the subject, I get (most of) the jokes, and understand what they are saying and marvel that such a well laid out case for disbelief could go unheeded by the majority of people. It is so obvious to me, why do the people I talk to about it look at me like I'm denying a round Earth? Now I understand. When atheists appear on a media source, audio or video, the sheer volume of new information that is presented counter to everything a person has believed for years will overwhelm their mind and the defenses go up. When learning a new thing, facts have to be rearranged to fit what you already know. If the facts are coming in at five or more new ones in one sentence, there just isn't time to work out all of the consequences of the speakers words in one sitting. I think this is the main reason why it takes so long for someone to de-convert from religion. The facts are there, they can be checked, but the board has to be cleared for the new pegs to fit into the right holes.
Do I think libertarianism is the best political system? Is anarco-capitalism a better way to ensure a free society? I don't know. There are so many thoughts that I have to catalog, sort, evaluate, and reason through. What I do know is that hearing Mr. Molyneux talk, though he makes good points, causes a shut down to his ideas. They are coming fast and hard and before I can reject the idea or accept it will take time. Just like religion.