How do you respond to the demands of crude individualism?
Is this a force that has an unstoppable momentum? Something that only a fool would resist?
Or is it possible to make - and assert - the case for collective decision-making and collective provision?
When I was trained as a salesman in the rip-roaring '80s, we were encouraged to use the 'presumptive close'. It's where you have a conversation with a customer that assumes that they've brought what you're selling already. Stuff like "how many of them shall I have delivered" and "will a yellow one do?"
And it's alright as long as the punter knows what you're selling them. But I've no idea what most self-styled libertarians are selling me. Yet I seem to spend more time reading articles that are designed to be a presumptive close from these berks.
Repeat after me: "Most determinists and shit at predicting things. Ignore them."
In the meantime, are there any psychologists out there who can save me the bother of having to work out 'why it's better to pretend you're a libertarian'? A case like this one?
Update: This question has now been answered correctly here. I'm beginning to like this kind of blogging. Instead of having to compose a post, you ask someone else to do it for you.