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There Ought Not to Be a Law

ftorres Wrote: Aug 15, 2012 11:22 AM
Re: Maryann45, "If this was a perfect world I would be a Libertarian too " If this were a perfect world, I would be a Statist because I would then know that government is populated by veritable angels and not corrupt individuals, the most corrupt among us. Your thinking is totally backwards. The very reason to be free is precisely that man is fallible. It is through freedom to interact and to KNOW that we can minimize the hazards and risks cused by thieves, cheats and liars. Instead, with a government, people tend to lower their guard, thinking that Daddy Government is there to protect them - leading to what we've seen for years.

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....