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1 FreedomMoon  Fri, Sep 2, 2011 7:42:52pm

In many ways Libertarians are the most wishy-washy type out there. In my opinion, they think much further out of the realm of reality than even the nuttiest liberals or entrenched conservatives. Oh yeah, let’s just privatize all the schools, police force, firemen, and every government agency. Hell, let’s privatize every aspect of government and live as clans and tribes, and have mob-rule. Then the economy will rebound.

2 Achilles Tang  Fri, Sep 2, 2011 8:25:52pm

Libertarians are just a more genteel version of anarchists, and Stossel is just an ass.

3 Obdicut  Sat, Sep 3, 2011 6:28:58am

re: #1 tacuba14

Libertarians don’t have to be that way. I used to call myself a libertarian because I believed the preservation of individual liberty and happiness was the greatest good. That did not mean, however, that I didn’t think government and group action had a lot to do with preserving that liberty and ensuring that happiness. Most libertarians, for whatever reason, hold ideology above reality. I’m for single-payer health care because it’s the least expensive and most efficient way to delivery a service that is always going to be needed. We’re never going to turn dying people away at the emergency room. It’s always going to be a bad thing for the economy if people are chronically sick. It makes sense, from a selfish perspective, to have single-payer health care.

But most libertarians don’t bother with the logic. They simply see that someone is getting something, and they start hollering.

4 HappyWarrior  Sat, Sep 3, 2011 9:46:39am

I share some positions mostly social with libertarians but I think their problem is despite their claims to be more practical, they’re probably the biggest pie in the sky people you’ll meet. More idealistic in their own way than I was at my most left wing idealist circa 2002/3. Brian Brown and NOM need to focus on more important issues. The problem with marriage today isn’t that gay people are getting married, it’s a record divorce rate. Not that I am opposed to divorce but I always was amazed that my Dad’s parents were married for over 40 years and would have longer had it not been for my grandfather’s untimely death yet all my Dad’s siblings have been divorced except my Dad himself. The funny coincidence is my Dad, the youngest is the only one not to have graduated from Catholic high school. Sorry for the rangent.


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