I’m starting this website because I’m frustrated with politics, mostly Australian politics. Specifically, I’m frustrated that both federal & state governments continue to water down Australians’ rights (e.g., free speech) whilst massively abusing their power (e.g., the surveillance state).
Libertarianism is an alternative to an increasingly polarised Left vs. Right. A simplified explanation is that libertarianism is economically right wing and socially left wing.
“Libertarians defend each person’s right to life, liberty, and property—rights that people possess naturally, before governments are instituted. In the libertarian view, all human relationships should be voluntary; the only actions that should be forbidden by law are those that involve the initiation of force against those who have not themselves used force—actions such as murder, rape, robbery, kidnapping, and fraud” — David Boaz, The Libertarian Mind
I have a confession: I’m not a libertarian on many political issues (e.g., drugs, open borders). However, I do hold libertarian views on some political issues (e.g., marriage, cyber security, free markets). Likewise, I agree (mostly) with libertarians on many subjects, such as the importance of the individual vs. the collective, property rights, and the vision of limited government.
The idea for this blog came during a cyber security talk that I attended. Yet another academic decried the Australian government’s surveillance state and claimed that the government would protect Australians’ privacy if we only had a “cyber tsar” in government.
Do you notice the two conflicting ideas? When Alastair MacGibbon was Australia’s first “cyber tsar”, he gaslighted the country, lying that the federal government didn’t want to compel companies in Australia to create backdoors to systems in order to enable government access to citizens’ data.
Likewise, I’ve argued — and intend to continue my thoughts in a book I’m writing — that more government legislation cannot solve the problem of digital privacy, because the government is the primary threat to citizens’ digital privacy. Arguing for more government involvement in digital privacy only puts the digital privacy faction of the government against the national defence faction of the government, and the digital privacy faction cannot win against national defence concerns.
I’ve noticed this kind of magical thinking — more government will solve the issue — in the cyber security & digital privacy industries, and I hope to offer an alternative, libertarian option to my readers. In my opinion, the cyber security and digital privacy industries are dominated by leftwing groupthink.
Here is my political compass: