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There Ought Not to Be a Law

vietnamvet Wrote: Aug 15, 2012 11:05 AM
Stossel's brand of libertarianism is fair, honest, ... and unworkable. When asked about any individual law or restriction of personal liberty, he will answer with a simple form of logic which gives everyone the greatest amount of 'freedom'. But, it only works for that issue. Ask him a question about the other side of the coin, and his answer will also be fair and freedom enhancing ... but it will usually mean that the other answer is in conflict with this one. We have a 'book of laws' which we know. There may well be more laws in there than we ever needed, but they (most of them) are familiar to us. To convert us to his libertarian view, Stossel would have to write his book of laws for us to read. (cont'd)
eddie again Wrote: Aug 15, 2012 11:19 AM
they are familiar to us?

the code of federal regulations are hundreds of thousands of pages. they are familiar to NO ONE.
ftorres Wrote: Aug 15, 2012 11:18 AM
Re: vietnamvet,
"To convert us to his libertarian view, Stossel would have to write his book of laws for us to read."

Really??? So you need a WHOLE BOOK of laws to tell you that you should not kill, steal or lie? Are you such a BARBARIAN that what comes naturally to the rest of us, it must come out of a BOOK for YOU to get an understand?

I am glad I don't live near you - I just won't know when you will get off.
Paulus Textor Wrote: Aug 15, 2012 11:13 AM
Your premise is wrong. Stossel need not write an entire "book of laws" to identify an alternative to our present system. He need only demonstrate that our current system--in which Congress can pass laws restricting just about anything--is both immoral and impractical.

The libertarian approach to statutory law is to demand that such laws be limited to defense of individual rights. Under such a concept, passage of a new law would be a rare thing indeed.
vietnamvet Wrote: Aug 15, 2012 11:10 AM
They would all be written down and 'fixed in position' so that they all could be compared as a 'system of laws'. When each is written (or read), all of the others would have to be examined to detect conflicts.

If some 'secretary' had been keeping track of all of Stossel's answers over the years, and had all of those in 'the book' - I bet fully half of them conflict with others in the same collection.
HuffingPaintPost Wrote: Aug 15, 2012 1:02 PM
Vietnamvet news flash: people's opinions change and they make mistakes! Hey, I have a great "system of laws" that was written by a bunch of libertarians: the US Constitution. It had a few problems too, but we fixed those.

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....