April 24, 2017

Refuting the Conservative Position on Libertarianism


 Below is my response to an article on Intellectual Takeout which can be found HERE.  All underlined portions were written by the author at the link provided.  Non-underlined portions are my response.  I encourage your participation.

Libertarians are good at explaining why the market works and why government fails, and they have made important policy initiatives in areas such as school choice. On the other hand, they actively oppose laws prohibiting obscenity, protecting unborn children, promoting marriage, limiting immigration, and securing American citizens against terrorists. These positions flow from core principles that have more in common with modern liberalism than with the American founding, and which threaten to erode our constitutional order even further.

The core of Libertarian philosophy is that we do not believe that a centralized authority aught to legislate moral, behavioral or otherwise philosophical circumstances in which no physical harm will come to parties involved.  Its not necessarily if or not we support an action as much as we simply do not support the Federal government or the State to be the arbiter of the matters.  So yes, neat solutions to complex issues.  Realizing that they don't need oversight from the state, and could be handled between the parties involved in the matter.  This radical idea that adults, when left to their devices, tend not to want to harm others where no incentive has been made.  I think the core principles flow from the minarchist principles the founding fathers had.  Their writings and teachings seems to be geared towards the least amount of the necessary evil, government, required to go on living as a society who's ideals are encompassed in Natural Law and Freedom and Liberty.  I really believe that it reinforces the principles of the Constitution more than any other modern political ideology.