Libertarian magazine Reason is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and as part of the celebration, they’ve posted a series of short pieces, in which members of their editorial staff explain how they arrived at their libertarian positions. It kind of reminds me of what a church I formerly attended called “the story of your faith walk”, and of some of the coming-out narratives I’ve encountered over the years. (I’m hardly the first to notice the similarities between those particular genres, but there you go.)
Anyway, as I was reading these mini-essays this afternoon, I ran across several accounts reminiscent of moments from my own life, from Katherine Mangu-Ward’s encounter with (and subsequent outgrowing of) Ayn Rand to Scott Shackford’s realization that libertarianism can come from a deep humility. But a line from Jacob Sullum really struck me, and so here’s the Quote of the Day:
I realized that politics gives people of limited ability the power to forcibly interfere with the lives of their fellow citizens, and I concluded that it was best to limit that power as much as possible.
Happy anniversary, Reason — I’m glad you’re there.