Check this out! :-)

Lindsay Perigo's picture
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2007-09-12 21:42

See if you're one of these freedom fetishists. Smiling

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What a great read

Lance's picture

Rather, it is to suggest that, when one’s moral compass consists of nothing more than doing “whatever the hell you want” and avoiding physical harm to anyone else’s person or property, it is very easy to get lost.

This is where Objectivism rather than libertarianism comes in right?

Children do not come into the world respecting private property. They do not emerge from the womb ready to navigate the economic and moral complexities of an “age of abundance.” The only way they learn such things is through a long process of intensive socialization—a process that we now know, thanks to the failed experiments begun by the Aquarians and implicitly supported by libertarians, usually requires intact families and decent schools.

Libertarianism did not have to take this unfortunate turn. Ludwig von Mises himself warned that the attempt (of socialists) to undermine the family was a ploy to strengthen the state.

Yes, how many times have I heard "It takes a village to raise a child!"
I've always taken that to mean;
"You have no right raising a child on your own let us in to interfere!"

Such utopian ambitions are difficult to satisfy or even contain in the mundane world of American politics. For some time to come, they are likely to make libertarianism the natural home of assorted cranks and crazies, and thus to continue to provide fodder for its at least partly deserved caricature.

"Awhile he holds some false way, undebarred
By thwarting signs, and braves
The freshening wind and blackening waves.
And then the tempest strikes him; and between
The lightning-bursts is seen
Only a driving wreck,
And the pale master on his spar-strewn deck
With anguished face and flying hair
Grasping the rudder hard,
Still bent to make some port he knows not where,
Still standing for some false, impossible shore.
And sterner comes the roar
Of sea and wind, and through the deepening gloom
Fainter and fainter wreck and helmsman loom,
And he too disappears, and comes no more.

Is there no life, but these alone?
Madman or slave must man be one? "

excerpt from Matthew Arnold 'A Summer Night'


Elijah Lineberry's picture

only the membership was 250,000! Sticking out tongue

I am presuming a 'pick up truck' is a foreign term for a utility vehicle? the sort of thing I would ride in, although I love the bumper sticker: 'Tax = Theft'!

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