quote: Originally posted by Gerry:
I'm Libertarian and so I will side with whomever I believe is correct.
quote: Originally posted by Bob:
quote: Originally posted by Gerry:We should talk about Libertarianism, sometime, Gerry.
Yeah however I'm a noob on the subject, I just like what is said by those who are not. I can however give you a fantastic Harvard video to watch on the subject.
Sure, I'll watch the tape... beware of Libertarians talking about Libertarianism, though. They tend to downplay the more extreme goals of the movement. It all sounds groovy and great, until you realize, there is no protection for the weak against the strong, the poor against the rich... I think if you followed their philosophy to its logical political end, you end up with warlordism. Their goal is to dismantle government because (they say) it encroaches on individual freedom. But dismantling government takes away the governmental protections that prevent individuals from encroaching on the freedom of others. The strong win. Always. It's law of the jungle.
We have some self-avowed Libertarians in government here (ever hear of Rand Paul, or his father, Ron Paul), but, self-avowed or not, I would say there's very little difference between what is called "conservatism" here, and Libertarianism, especially when conservatism is brought to its far right wing extremes. In fact, the far right wing of the Republican Party is often called the Libertarian wing.
Have you read Atlas Shrugged? It is one of the defining works of the Libertarian movement.