The Unrepentant Individual

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May 21, 2006


Last Night’s Blogger Meetup…

As I previously mentioned, last night we did a libertarian-oriented blogger meetup here in Atlanta. It was originally suggested by Randall of Catallarchy, and we ended up having eight people show up. Three of us were active bloggers, but everyone was well up to speed on all the topics we ended up discussing.

It was odd, for me. We had a group that spanned from 3 anarchists, to a heavy objectivist, as well as general libertarians and (like me) classical liberals. I say it’s odd, because in the offline world, any group of people I’m around are invariably more statist than I am. Half or more of the group last night, though, envision a smaller state than I do (or none at all). Also odd was the way in which each of us interact with the State. One guy works with city government on eminent domain matters, another is a computer science guy who is in the process of obtaining secret clearance for government work. Invariably all of us knew someone who either worked for, or closely on concert with government, which shows you just how large the State really is…

I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I had originally thought I might stick around for two hours or so; it ended up being four. I rarely get a chance to have long discussions about politics with people who have a clue what they’re talking about, thus I ended up leaving the meeting feeling energized, even though it was 11:00 PM. I’m definitely looking forward to the next one, and doubly glad we didn’t end up getting arrested for sedition.

As an added bonus, we didn’t have a problem with the one worry about meeting people from the internet: nobody was a weirdo. (Either that, or we’re all sufficiently weird that we just thought each other were normal!)

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 6:27 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || Trackback URL || Categories: Blogging, Libertarianism, Personal Life

2 Comments

  1. Brad,

    Sorry I had to dip out early – sounds like I missed a couple more hours of good times.

    It was a surreal experience for me. I’m with you, it was highly unusual to spend time with people who actually share common (AND somewhat unusual) ideas. It was odd to talk about books that most have never heard of and find someone else who also had read them.

    But it was great. We have to do it again. Next time, get a bigger table and I’ll make sure I can stay out later.

    Comment by Neal — May 21, 2006 @ 8:38 pm
  2. Brad, It sounds like you all had a great time. I bet that last statement fits as a better description of you guys.

    Comment by Lucy Stern — May 22, 2006 @ 6:46 am

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