An earlier article, Dorian Electra: "I don’t call myself a libertarian at all anymore" speculated on why a teenage singing phenom who launched her career with love lyrics for Friedrich Hayek would later disavow her libertarian label.
She agreed to an interview after saying "I need to think very carefully about how I articulate my thoughts on this particular topic."
Now Dorian Electra Fridkin Gomberg offers those "articulated thoughts" in this exclusive Libertarian News Examiner interview.
Do you considered yourself to be a libertarian?
"I’m against the use of force, intimidation, fraud. Ideally, I’d love to live in a totally peaceful world, but unfortunately, we live in a world where coercion is often unavoidable. That being said, I’d like to live in a world where coercion is minimized as much as possible.
"I have called myself a 'libertarian' in the past before, but in my experience, I’ve never found political labels to be very helpful in communicating with people. They can be off-putting and over-simplifying. Not labeling myself has opened more people up to dialogue with me about the actual ideas, rather than assume they know what I believe because of a label.
"My ideas and beliefs are constantly developing, and this point in my life I think that what is most beneficial for my intellectual development is to expose myself to as many viewpoints as possible instead of prematurely closing the door to potentially valuable insights."
Besides F.A. Hayek are you familiar with Ron Paul, Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party, Reason magazine, Ayn Rand, Voluntaryism...
"I’m familiar with everything you’ve listed. I tend not to pay too much attention to politics, to be honest. I admire Ron Paul for being principled and consistent, which is (unfortunately) rare for politicians.
"I saw Gary Johnson speak in the third-party debate held in Chicago and it was inspiring to hear him, Jill Stein (Green Party) and Rocky Anderson (Justice Party) agree on so many important issues, taking bold stances that no mainstream politician would take (e.g. on civil liberties issues, ending corporate privilege and abuses of power, and against the war on drugs).
"I think Voluntaryism is an interesting philosophy, but I’m more interested in figuring out practical means of establishing voluntary forms of governance in the world we live in today, rather than in strictly philosophizing. This, in general, sums up my attitude towards libertarian ideas.
"I think that, ideally, we should try to minimize the use of force against citizens wherever possible. But my commitment to libertarian ideas extends only so far as they are practically useful for improving the situation TODAY. I think it is often counter-productive to have an excessively rigid attachment to philosophical principles which stands in the way of productive political discourse with anyone who does not share your ideology.
"The world is incredibly complex. Libertarianism is very good at seeing how this is true in some areas (See: Hayek). But with issues regarding morality and policy-making (in the CURRENT situation, not in an ideal libertarian utopia) it tends to view the world from a black-and-white perspective. This often blinds libertarianism to the complexities that would cast doubt upon its own principles."
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