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Libertarianism's Folly: When 'Live and Let Live' Fails

October 03, 2010
Libertarianism's Folly: When 'Live and Let Live' Fails
By Selwyn Duke
While there was a time when I might have described myself as a libertarian, those days are long gone. In fact, I don't even call myself a conservative anymore. Oh, don't get me wrong -- I agree with libertarians on many issues, and their governmental model is vastly preferable to what liberals have visited upon us. Yet there is a problem: However valid their vision of government may be, their vision of society renders it unattainable.

Thomas Jefferson once said, "The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg." Now, I certainly agree with the first sentence, as it's merely a statement of the obvious. But then we have to ask, what


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  • For the record, I consider myself a very conservative voter and in many ways, a libertarian. That being said, my wife and I don't fit into any political box.
    Gays want to go to church,have families and get married? Why not?
    Call me wacky, but isn't that a conservative model (Church,family and Marriage?)What's next for gays? Advocating school vouchers,Boycotting HBO and voting Republican?
    Let them get married.
    I'm not religious so morality issues are best left out of government hands.
    Abortion.No More..

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  • The author is a dumbass, and completely misses the fundamental premise of libertarianism, and the part that the founders understood.

    Morality cant be legislated, and the day we expect government to somehow instill or delegate it into the population, is the day the republic is dead. Its only job in that regard is to create laws to protect us from being harmed by each other. When the state oversteps that boundary, it has put itself in the shoes of God(if you will), and looses its own foundati More..

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  • I wont even bother reading your post as I can tell from the outset, I dont want you legislating my morality or how I live my life. You live YOUR life, allow me to live MINE as *I* choose. Now be off with you.

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  • The essay makes some valid points, but it all seems to come full circle, according to the writer: "Do what you want, but don't make me!" can/ will/ or does turn into legislative law.

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  • Religion no longer represents any moralty that I can see. Pedophile priests and congressmen and their moneyed apologists. Homicidal/suicidal Islamists and their enablers,and no one in freespeachland can EVER criticize the Jews no matter what atrocity they commit. I won't even go into India.Do you argue that religion equals morality and therefore should control peoples freaking hairstyles and jewelry choices along with all sexuality? While millions die for our oil-soaked lifestyles,trillions are More..

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  • This "essay" is a logocal nightmare. The writer is going in circles and connect effects to causes that aren't related.
    The facts don't support that religious people actually live a "better" moral life.
    Morality comes from a respect of others and one's own place in society. I'd rather have kindness from sincere athiests than from the selfish fear of punishment from "god".

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  • who was the first atheist? who was the first to believe in evolution?

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  • God is the ultimate libertarian; he gave us all free will.

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  • hogwash

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    • Well, saying "hogwash" is all well and good, but why
      is it hogwash? If you say over and over again "do
      what you want,just leave me alone,it's no skin off
      MY ass", soon enough,people will decide to do what
      they want,and decide NOT to leave you alone,then
      what? What happens when everybody around you says,
      "do what you want with him,just leave me alone,it's
      no skin off MY ass.Cheers.

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    • people are going to do what they want to despite laws and harsh punishment.

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  • Socialists are the fringe of the Democrats.
    Neo-nazis are the fringe of the Republicans.
    Dope-smoking NAMBLA creeps are the fringe of the libertarians.

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