I've been having inchoate thoughts on the topic of Loyalty and Libertarianism for a few years now, that had slowly begun to form into something solid over the last few months.
Then Kent went off and wrote something catalytic on the topic here. Vroom vroom.
Aretae claim I:
A (the?) primary characteristic that one can use to differentiate people is "how important is it to belong?" Alternately, one can use the personality trait Agreeableness.
Aretae claim II:
Verbal Opinion is primarily a method by which one notes agreement with one's tribe. Anyone using verbal opinion for any other purpose is highly confused about the purpose of the opinion faculty. You're doing it wrong. Note: I am highly initially confused about the purpose of the opinion faculty...and because opinions don't work how I want them to work, I am giving a predictive hypothesis.
Some folks...Athiest, Libertarians, Left-libertarians, Athiest left-Libertarians, Moldbuggian Neoreactionaries, Roissy-an PUAs, Sailerite new Racists, and most Psychopaths prominent among them...are completely broken on the agreeableness dimension. We (mostly) don't care if someone likes our ideas...we don't know how to "belong". And as such...we don't fit into our tribe...rather we go off, looking for truths.
We are the ones who are dysfunctional human beings. Indeed...I think dysfunctionality as a human being is a prerequisite to being a truth-seeker. Social fitting in is the "correct" way to be as a human being...leading to the highest net happiness.
By the way...this hypothesis would predict that intellectual opposition will effectively never succeed in organizing to oppose or support anything. If you're an intellectual..who reached positions by truth-values, you only got there because you can't work in a tribe. If you're part of a tribe...most of your opinion comes from being part of the tribe. You occasionally get weird semi-rationalist groups (Objectivist, Popperite TCS, Extropians, LessWrong) which succeed partially in creating a fusion of the rationalist and tribal insticts... but the core issue is that truth-seeking is opposed to tribes. Pick at most one. Either, be a (very likely to be wrong) truth-seeker with no tribe, or a tribalist who prefers tribe to truth.
I wish the LessWrongers all the best...I don't think they've solved the problem that is that truth seeking and tribalism are deeply opposed. Rational people will (necessarily?) disagree on important or taboo topics. Tribes require shared conclusions. Good luck threading the needle.