My vision for a decentralized system and non-interventionist foreign policy certainly fall outside of the acceptable political views spanning the vast gulf between the ideals of Mitt Romney and Nancy Pelosi.
Of course, when people call me extreme, I’m sure they don’t mean it as a compliment. “Extremist” has evolved to mean something negative, something unworthy of consideration. Something dangerous. When the chattering class calls somebody extreme, it really means, “Don’t listen to this person. His ideas don’t even warrant your consideration.”
Quite frankly, I embrace the label of extremist.
Well, let’s take a look at what the non-extreme people have brought us.
The mainstream people have managed to accumulate $17.9 trillion in debt. They grope me at the airport. And they claim the authority to detain me indefinitely right here in the U.S. without charge or trial. It’s the mainstream people who’ve brought us nearly 14 years of endless war, dictate the size of our toilets and tell us what kind of light bulbs we can use. The non-extreme people spy on us, tax us for not taking an action and send armed soldiers into American homes to search for a plant.
Those people who pin the “extreme” label on me want you to think I’m just a raving idiot. But if you actually step back and look at the legacy of mainstream politics in America, it seems the label might be misplaced.
It’s an indisputable fact – the centralized state has killed more people, and violated more human and civil rights than any institution in the history of the planet.
So, if decentralizing counts as extreme, I’ll gladly include myself among the extremists.