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still fighting for freedom!

Updated on March 2, 2012 at 4:12 AM

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Re: “My Great Libertarian Party Adventure


The "basic libertarian philosophy -- which should also be the basic *Libertarian Party* philosophy, but Libertarians are human too and the party has its shortcomings -- is simply that people have the right to live their lives as they choose, so long as it does not involve *initiating* force or fraud against others.

This is also known as the Non-Aggression Principle, variants of which can be found in many religious traditions (see… ). There's nothing about the Non-Aggression Principle that says you shouldn't look out for your fellow human beings; it simply says that you shouldn't *commit aggression* (initiate force or fraud) against them.

While Ayn Rand may have preached the virtue of selfishness, that is an Objectivist value, not a libertarian value. Many Libertarians care deeply about helping others, and voluntary contribute generously to a wide variety of social and charitable causes. But supporting theft-by-government in the name of helping people (usually creating dependency and helping mainly the government personnel running the programs) should not be confused with genuine good works or charity.

I'm sorry you had a negative experience at the LP meeting you attended, but I hope you'll look at it on the bright side -- when people are arguing passionately about ideas, at least you know they're probably genuine grassroots members of the public, and not the careerist politician types who rule Washington and have been destroying freedom and prosperity in the United States. Those types prefer *not* to argue controversial ideas with people, because there's no percentage in it for them. Vibrant discussion among ordinary local political activists is part of a healthy democratic republic!

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Posted by Starchild on 03/02/2012 at 4:07 AM
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