There are bigots in our midst here in the liberty movement. And they must be called out for exactly what they are. No more hiding behind the faux “skepticism” that masked similar distrust and hatred of gays and blacks not so long ago – trans individuals, whether the self-described “conservatarians” (by the way, portmanteaus are the laziest of neologisms) would like to admit it or not, are perfectly sane, relevant individuals who contribute just as much and just as positively to society as anyone else. And unfortunately, they are suffering. Suffering at a time in which so many others take basic freedoms (such as where to use the restroom, or the freedom to choose ones own preferred name without incredulity) for granted. And some of the greatest offenders of this pushback are those who would call themselves the biggest defenders of freedom – albeit the more right-leaning ones. But why?
I have written elsewhere more than once about why the perspective of those experiencing gender dysphoria is not only scientifically sound, but morally meritorious. So I will not retread over that ground here. What I want to focus on right now is the fact that those on the more socially conservative end of the political spectrum seem to distrust (and indeed, abhor) anything that challenges the grounded surrounding mores of the period. And oftentimes for no objectively good reason. It is no different in this situation, wherein a misunderstood and misrepresented minority group must once again battle uphill just to be understood at a basic level, much less fully granted equal treatment under the law.
That is why, in the face of all this, those members of the trans community who still choose to step out and be unabashedly open about who they are earn every bit of celebration they receive in the liberal press. And this is one situation in which I mourn the fact that “liberal press” is often seen as a term worthy of consternation. Because there is nothing uniquely liberal about having compassion for our fellow human beings, and yet we live in a topsy-turvy world in which the only way one can be sure that an individual is going to be sympathetic of trans people is if said individual is loudly leftist. But this should not be the case – all people should celebrate life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in every conceivable demographic. And to not do so is to fail one’s charge as a true champion of liberty.
I already lectured my fellow libertarians over committing the ‘No True Scotsman’ fallacy, so I will not call for any ejection from the movement on the grounds of the positions argued for today. But I do mean for this to be a bit of a wake up call to anyone in the liberty movement who still thinks lines can be drawn across social norms when it comes to freedom – if that is indeed your position, I would love to see your attempt at explaining such acrobatic logic in the face of Thomas Jefferson’s mighty words… “All men are created equal, and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.”
All men… Cis, trans, male, female, black, or white… if that is a reality you wish to make exceptions for, then perhaps you aren’t as in favor of freedom for all as you claim. And that isn’t a fallacious measuring stick being thrown down; that is a more observation of facts.
This post was written by Micah J. Fleck.
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