... I saw a band I quite liked called Misty's Big Adventure. During their set, the lead singer had a brief rant against the smoking ban and how the government have eroded liberty. In the next minute he started a song about the dangers of mobile phone masts.
I think this sums up for me the inconsistencies of these so called libertarians.
For fuck's sake, Neil; not everyone who rails against the smoking ban is a libertarian; nor is everyone who rails against this government's erosion of liberty.
Or are you opposed to liberty? Er, no...
Of course what is really happening here is that these 'libertarians' are choosing which liberty THEY consider the most important. Liberty is not a one way street - one person's increase in liberty can be another's loss of liberty.
Right, so you are in favour of what you see as your liberty, OK? Would you count yourself a libertarian? I would hope not, since you are not. Not by any stretch of the imagination.
But, if you reply in the affirmative, then you are acknowledging that you, too, are utterly inconsistent.
If you reply in the negative, then you are acknowledging my point that not all of those who complain about diminishing liberty and the smoking ban are libertarian.
Either way, you invalidate your own argument.
UPDATE: what a surprise! Neil has actually contorted the facts to suit his own agenda.