I was thinking about all the people that hate libertarianism that I know.
Most people say that libertarians are the individualists, egoists, and “only care about themselves.”
But wait a minute. I would say that a large majority of libertarians are the people who are pretty well off — own/rent decent homes, work, live comfortably, in general. But they still care about other people — such as those affected by the drug war, the poor trapped in the welfare state, innocents in other countries being hurt by war, etc.
And then I look at the non-libertarians. While we are alike in that we are both “comfortable,” but non-libertarians do not seem to find anything wrong with government inflicted damage to fellow human beings.
It is interesting that we are “collectivists” in our sense of caring for fellow human beings, but not in the sense that we would join groups or tag along with government because it is the “easy way” out. We don’t have to care, actually, it hurts to care, but we do anyway. It is obvious why many choose not to care, they don’t have to in order to live comfortably. That’s not to say that society’s problems won’t eventually catch up to them, which is why more and more people are becoming libertarian as the years go by. We will see what the future will bring — I am hoping that “philosophical revolution” comes soon!