Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Libertarianism 101

Falco lays out the principles of Libertarianism very clearly. Like your humble Devil, he tends to concentrate on the Consequentialist argument, rather than the Rights Theorist argument.
Libertarianism is grounded in the belief that Negative Liberty is paramount. You are free to do as you wish, use and dispose of your property as you wish, (including your body), provided that you do not interfere with the Liberties of others in the process.

The result of this is that you are both free to act and responsible for those actions. You are free to get drunk for instance but if you hit someone while inebriated you are just as guilty as if you had done so while sober.

Libertarianism, almost by definition, requires a small government. Large enough to enforce justice and defend against those who would interfere with your rights but not so large as to spend its time interfering itself.

Do go and read the whole pithy post...

7 comments:

alan duncan's dildo said...

"Do go and read the whole pithy post"

No.

Blue Eyes said...

Yeah stop telling us what to do!

Totalitarian!

alexis said...

If you get rid of that spam you're a FASCIST!

Mark Wadsworth said...

I can't be bothered with principles, moralising or theories. My view is we need a nice long list of every ban that should be lifted in one fell swoop on a take-it-or-leave-it basis. If that doesn't work, we're f***ed, frankly.

Devil's Kitchen said...

"Do go and read the whole pithy post"

It's a slightly archaic form of words that constitutes an invitation, not an order.

And deleting spam merely ensures that Google don't get on my case...

DK

Heaver said...

See, that's the sort of thought-out libertarian argument which I support and subscribe to.

I was worried that the (largeish) anarchist-esque contingent in the US LP represented the libertarian concept as a whole for a minute there...

Still learning. :)

Mike Blessing / KCUF Media said...

I was worried that the (largeish) anarchist-esque contingent in the US LP represented the libertarian concept as a whole for a minute there...

While we anarchist-leaners aren't in total control over here, there's more of us in the ranks than the Milsted Minions would like. Joke 'em if they can't take a fuck.

As for natural-rights ("Liberty is right") vs. consequentialist ("Liberty works") theories, I don't see them as mutually exclusive, but complementary to each other.