What's the best compliment you can give to a freethinker?

I was given a surprising compliment, by an “Anarcho”-Capitalist no less. This is the kind of stuff I like to hear now and then.

Quoth Eric Evans

The great thing about db0 is that he made me really strive to refute what he was saying. Always reading material by people who agree with you is easy. Reading disagreeing opinion is difficult. db0 has made me think about the solidity of my position for a day now. Every road I’ve gone down has its problems.[…]

Personally, as a blogger, this is one of the best comments anyone can make about what I write. I do not write to simply reinforce your own preconception and solidify what you already believe. I criticize in order to create discussion. I write what I think in order to make others think as well.

I’ve been brutally assaulted in discussions by the vocal minority of both Marxists and Misians because I challenged their core beliefs and opinions, but as long as some people in the silent majority get to thinking (even if they dismiss what I say eventually), then I consider my work as a job well done.

So thank you Eric for the kind words. Opinions like these is what keeps me going and makes it all worthwhile at the end of the day. Even if in the end you can refute my arguments, you will know that your ideas more solid than before. I hope that in the 3000 people that visited the Division by Zer0 from mises.org these days, there are a few more “Erics”.

2 thoughts on “What's the best compliment you can give to a freethinker?”

  1. Same here. I terribly wish I had come across your blog right after I abandoned anarcho-capitalism, or I wouldn't have stayed stuck at a "fuck theory, just smash the State, we'll sort the details out later" position for about a year. I've been kicking myself for that.

    I really enjoy being challenged to reconsider beliefs I took for granted, and learning about worldviews I never held before, and your blog definitely does that for me.

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