So I've been in the middle of an identity crisis of late, as I'm discovering that I don't believe that most of the basic tenets of libertarianism, as generally understood by the rest of the world. That is, self-ownership seems like kind of a weird way to think about things; the idea that all rights-infringements are rights-violations seems clearly wrong, as is the suggestion that rights-violations provide the only warrant for infringing on one's right to self-determination; the simple Lockean picture of property rights seems incomplete; the Non-Aggression Principle is right out...
On what grounds, then, can I coherently call myself a libertarian? The problem is not that I'm a statist, or a collectivist, or anything like that. I think it should be clear to anyone who reads this blog that I'm none of those things. But it seems like the rigidity and dogmatism that I've been fighting since this blog's creation are not the bad parts of libertarianism: they are libertarianism. Once you start breaking down the absolutist structures, libertarianism seems to blend fuzzily into what people generally think of as liberalism. So what makes me a libertarian and not a liberal? At this point, I'm really not sure.
But I've been thinking for a while about the idea of actually starting to work out a way of thinking about ethical problems which incorporates the different points of view I've been exposed to, and I think it may be worthy of a new label: respectarianism (the accent is on the first syllable). So from now on, I'm a respectarian. Eat that, categorizers of the world.
Anyone who's followed my work should have a pretty decent idea of what sort of view it's going to end up being, so if anyone wants in, shout me a holler!