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There Ought Not to Be a Law

ftorres Wrote: Aug 15, 2012 11:06 AM
Re: John5840, "Sorry, that is rarely an argument for socialism. " Oh, you would be surprised, John. I've seen iterations of that same argument: People cannot govern themselves; government is the only one that can be the steward of civilization; people are too greedy, or too ignorant; government is populated by the best people of society (that one came from a Mexican cartoonist who is a Castro supporter.) I've seen them all.

I’m a libertarian in part because I see a false choice offered by the political left and right: government control of the economy -- or government control of our personal lives.

People on both sides think of themselves as freedom lovers. The left thinks government can lessen income inequality. The right thinks government can make Americans more virtuous. I say we’re best off if neither side attempts to advance its agenda via government.

Let both argue about things like drug use and poverty, but let no one be coerced by government unless he steals or attacks someone....