Some of you out there are probably thinking “What the heck does ‘Kiwi Polemicist’ mean?”. Allow me to explain.
The kiwi is a flightless bird native to New Zealand and its stylised form is often used a symbol for New Zealand (see my logo to the right). New Zealanders are sometimes referred to as Kiwis, and I have lived in New Zealand all my life.
A polemicist is someone who attacks or defends a belief or doctrine.
I began a world view change in 1999 and I would like to share the liberating truths that I have found. I believe that too many people accept what is happening around them without question and my goal is to make people think about those things to their benefit.
I had a left wing upbringing, then I went to the Right, then to classical liberalism, and this gives me an insight into various world views. Classical liberalism is in my experience the only world view with an internally consistent logic.
I am a christian and I am a classical liberalist because that is compatible with the biblical principle of each person being responsible for their own actions. I believe that the Bible – God’s manual for life – is the infallible word of God and the standard by which all things must be measured. Many people think that christians are trying to ram their beliefs down other peoples throats but I am not like that: I will happily talk about christianity to anyone who is genuinely interested, but I will not force it on someone who isn’t interested.
Unlike the Conservative Christian Right I do not believe that legislation should be used to impose morality upon the population, but I do support the Conservative Christian Right in their opposition to those policies of the Liberal Left that restrict personal freedoms and attempt to impose Liberal Left beliefs upon the population.
Classical liberalism is a set of economic and political beliefs that will benefit you even if you do not share my christian faith and is in no way an attempt to impose christianity upon people: it is not a christian doctrine, but it is compatible with christian doctrine.
As a classical liberalist I naturally support separation of church and state.
To forestall any accusations of beneficiary-bashing, I will state here that I am a beneficiary for reasons beyond my control and I am working part time.
You may read some of my posts and wonder why a classical liberalist is supporting a particular political party. We are stuck with a Statist system for now, so I will support those policies which are heading in the right direction for a classical liberalist: if there’s a choice between a cruel slave master and a kind one I’ll take the kind one thanks.
You may read other posts and wonder why I am calling for changes in State welfare, State health, or some other State institution. Again, we are stuck with these things for now, so I will support changes that are a step in the right direction for a classical liberalist, or at least will minimise the harm caused by those institutions.