I say we're best off if government just leaves us alone to our peaceful cooperation with whomever we please. Let politicians advocate moral behavior. Let them give to charities. But leave government -- which is physical force -- out of it....
Gary Johnson is hardly the IDEAL libertarian candidate, but in comparison with Romney and Obama, he's an intellectual and moral giant. For example, I agree completely that marijuana should be legalized (technically, it already IS legal, under the 9th and 10th amendments). I might quibble with Johnson over the notion that marijuana should be regulated and taxed, but if he's the only candidate calling for legalization, he's miles ahead of his two opponents. Reducing defense expenditures? No arguments from me. Cutting medicare and medicaid, and turning their functions over to the sovereign states? Well, I'd rather just abolish them both, but again, Johnson is way ahead of his competition.
All political candidates call themselves freedom-lovers, but they are not. Neither major party really opposes government control of the economy or of our personal lives. I'm a libertarian because I see the false choice offered by political left and right: Democrats talk about personal liberty; Republicans talk about economic freedom. But what they do once in power belies their words.
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