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Venezuela is providing a fast-paced, real-life demonstration of the effects of being led into dictatorial socialism by a charismatic, populist strongman. I wonder if any of this country's socialist sympathizers are taking a lesson.
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Stuart95 Wrote: Sep 24, 2014 4:07 PM
Andy, libertarianism is the very essence of taking responsibility for one's own actions. The other parties will profess to be parties of responsibility, but their list of exceptions goes on forever. BTW, I stopped reading your post when you equated libertarianism with anarchy.
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Stuart95 Wrote: Sep 24, 2014 4:02 PM
Fuz, No political party, in our lifetime, will solve the abortion issue without leaving about half the population really mad, i.e. losing the political power that would allow them to implement their solution in the first place. No discussion of freedom, rights, morality, life-at-conception, war on women, etc. is going to change that. Abortion is the most insoluble social issue of our time. I see the issue as a political draw, favoring no party over another*. So it's off to worthy, soluble issues, like the economy, taxation, war, welfare, energy, etc. *Except that Democrats want to use tax money gathered from those with strong moral convictions against abortion to provide free abortions for all. Hard to argue that such is good public policy.
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Stuart95 Wrote: Sep 24, 2014 3:33 PM
from the Libertarian Party Web site: "Recognizing that abortion is a sensitive issue and that people can hold good-faith views on all sides, we believe that government should be kept out of the matter, leaving the question to each person for their conscientious consideration."
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Stuart95 Wrote: Sep 24, 2014 3:18 PM
In a libertarian world, each individual would purchase health insurance, if he so desired, on an open market. The employer would neither know, nor care, what kind of insurance an employee may, or may not, have.
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Stuart95 Wrote: Sep 24, 2014 3:16 PM
My point exactly. There are two adamant sides to same-gender marriage, and no moral certainty because of the artificial construct of marriage. So what do you do? Who's "right"?
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Stuart95 Wrote: Sep 24, 2014 1:09 PM
At what point do your serially bad personal choices become my involuntary responsibility? If you choose to ride a motorcycle and choose to ride without a helmet and choose to ride while stoned (each of which should be within your rights), should I be forced to help pay for extraordinary medical care in your inevitable accident? Or can I choose not to?
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Stuart95 Wrote: Sep 24, 2014 1:03 PM
Here's the problem: My list of necessary and sufficient "restrictive laws" may be much different from your list, and is certainly way different from our fellow citizen Nancy Pelosi's list. So how do we know which set of restrictions to use?
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Stuart95 Wrote: Sep 24, 2014 11:34 AM
I'm pretty sure Obama would bomb any state trying to limit Washington's grasp.
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Stuart95 Wrote: Sep 24, 2014 11:31 AM
The libertarian dictum of symmetrical freedom, i.e. the freedom to do whatever you wish as long as it does not infringe on the freedoms of others, is a very strong moral prescription. It does not need a long explanation. Of course, under libertarianism, any two or more people are free to form an enclave of whatever additional societal restrictions they wish to enforce among themselves.
It's tempting to say that the subconscious conceit of Big-Government advocates is that THEY can get it right, despite the constant failures of lesser men. But I think the failures of the past do not even register in the minds of progressives; they believe that they alone have some sort of new-found Truth that will end man's suffering. It's as if the Big-Government failures never happened. Of course, you also have people like Hugo Chavez, may his soul not rest, who are simply dangerous charlatans devoid of altruism.
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