@obotheclown i think you severely doubt your own position, this is why you act the big johnny big bollocks on your site. I pity you.
Ahem. I think it's fair to say that I don't doubt my position in the slightest. I'm not the one arguing for the state to have a monopoly on violence to act upon me to fund the things I believe in, while simultaneously telling them to fuck off when they try to extend that power to things I don't believe in. My position is much clearer, simpler and more coherent: I don't believe the state should do anything or even exist. I believe that if the false crutch of the state was removed, people would also benefit from a personal development of greater responsibility and ownership of their own problems. I also believe that as a consequence of the removal of state, people would find much a) better and b) cheaper ways of looking after those who had genuine need.
However, I absolutely and fully accept that as things stand today, the state has too much mindshare for this to happen. Most people don't even want to think about politics, let alone challenge the status quo. And even among the people who can even be arsed to think about politics, like bloggers, most people don't want to think the difficult, fundamental issues through, which is why we have bloggers like Tom Harris and Iain Dale and Guido becoming popular: they say things that appeal to people's tribal loyalties or prejudices, not things that make people think.
Even (or especially!) among people who profess themselves to be libertarians or "social liberals", there is an uncrossable chasm between those who have gone back to basics and started again and those who think things could be made better working in the current political framework. And those very people who want "liberty" in the current political framework are the most vociferous opponents of any form of anarchy.
Every time I talk to Sunny Hundal or John Demetriou, I get dismissed for the ludicrosity* of my ideas. With both of them, there are personal slurs and straw man attacks a-plenty. I think these are the people who are actually the least sure of their ground: they have a specific set of freedoms that they deem to be mandatory and self-evident, and when confronted with the idea that someone else might have a different set of freedoms or a superset of freedoms that goes beyond their own, they are too frightened to contemplate what that means to their value system to engage rationally with the idea.
So Sunny goes on about my "tin-foil hat", despite the fact that I've written here about the tolerance of Libertarianism attracting froot loops and gun nuts and how I don't like it, he immediately tars me with the "froot loop and gun nut" brush. He takes my complaints about the welfare system as "spin" to "hide my racist desire for less immigration", etc.
John bangs on about my "mad, loony AnCap arse". And that's when he's not trying, laughably, to troll me in general.
Neither of them has any kind of rational explanation for why their particular set of freedoms is more important or sensible than a) each other or b) mine.
As to the Johnny Big Bollocks thing: am I the one who writes things like: "And just in case you were in any doubt, Mr Boatang and I are indeed Demi-Gods of the Libertarian blogging world, and yes, everything that we utter is sacred - each word a literary gem worth ensnaring and putting on the world jewel market for mega bucks" (to pluck one random sample out of the air)? Or am I the one who gives his fiercest critics permanent pride of place on the front page of my blog?
Am I the one who proclaims my worth in a verbose paean of self-praise (complete with a suitably humble picture) or am I the one who thinks no-one gives a shit about my personal history?
And am I the one who has a mate on call who can be guaranteed to back my every word with a "yeah, right on, man, stick it to him" or am I the one who has to convince everyone who backs me with the compulsion of my argument?
In other words, John, in the case of this particular tweet (and many others) you might be indulging in the tiniest bit of projection.
*I may have made this up.