Glenn Greenwald, who has written extensively on the authoritarian actions of this current administration, says the following in an article today at Salon:
“…the Democrats have the chance to become the party that stands for the right of adults to make decisions about their own lives free of moralistic governmental interference and regulation. Those who cast their votes based principally on such libertarian sentiments — driven by the belief that the government should, to the greatest extent possible, stay out of their lives — will view the Democratic Party as the far more attractive choice.” [emphasis added]
This is an important aspect of formulating a coherent non-authoritarian approach to politics – framing it in terms that anyone can understand. “The right of adults to make decisions about their own lives” is about as simple as you can get, and it is not a reduction of the philosophy but rather an accurate distillation of it. Using speech that can be understood for what it is – and is appealing in its message – is key to developing a more responsible and effective discourse and, in this case, key to making a positive case for the furthering of our basic rights.