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05 November 2018 @ 06:43 am
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I am a recovering libertarian, just as I am a recovering drug addict: It feels good, but it’s not sustainable. Tomorrow I’m going to vote for a number of lessers of two evils because we have to have a legitimized armed gang to deal with allocation problems, externalities, etc. I’m voting straight Democrat because, while all governments bugger the citizenry, liberals use lube.

Here are some people who still believe we can get away without having a State [Reason]. Maybe they’re right.

Thanx to RAW Illumination.
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The Mystery of the Supranational Rabbit: by Endeporsupah on November 5th, 2018 06:09 pm (UTC)
I was once sympathetic to libertarianism, but its stance toward environmentalism put paid to that - there, as with quite a few other dogmas, they embrace the silent magic of externalities, rendering damage caused by one’s activities to be Somebody Else’s Problem™, let alone conservation or green energy, preferring the mythical Hand of the Free Market™.

Absolutely, the Dems are, as a party, endlessly milquetoast in policy and approach, barely liberal, let alone progressive, but versus actual Nazis and white supremacists? No contest.
eub on November 9th, 2018 07:35 am (UTC)
I do know some libertarians whose idea of the minimal necessary state is 1) national defense, 2) pollution taxes and other fixup of negative externalities.

But in general, it seems clear that most libertarianism comes from a certain attitude -- being more correct than other people -- more than philosophical principles. There are lots of ways to feel more correct, and libertarians can slip from one to the other more smoothly than might seem logical.