An Apology For My Previous Post About Bill Weld

I need to apologize for my earlier post about Bill Weld. I said ignorance and disinformation are bad, and open dialogue is good. That a movement based on voluntary exchange and empathy ought to model it through reasoned dialogue and respectful debate. Somehow that was controversial because I said it about Bill Weld. I was clearly wrong when I thought that principles shouldn’t change based on the person at the center of the discussion.

Maybe it’s the fault of the communicator. What I wrote was not a defense of Bill Weld, but a condemnation of the way we conduct business. Clearly, it was poorly written because commenters said I was a “Weld supporter”, a “Republican,” a “Weld lover,” a “statist”, and a “dick head.” I promise not to take the hundreds of angry responses as a point proven. I will take it as a correction of my own behavior. From here on out, I will conform to anything the libertarian movement wants so I will fit in even when it violates my own beliefs.

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Chris Spangle is the publisher and editor of We Are Libertarians, a news site and podcast that covers national and Indiana politics from the libertarian perspective. Spangle previously worked in marketing for the Englehart Group on behalf of the Advocates for Self-Government. He also served as the Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Indiana and producer of the Abdul in the Morning Show. He now works as the web director of a nationally syndicated morning show.

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