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;maximize individual freedom
 
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:There is no way to maximize freedom, because every freedom for somebody removes freedom for others, as if there is a law of conservation of freedom.  Your freedom to run around naked removes my freedom to be spared the site of your pasty, hairy butt.  Your freedom to have property or consume something removes my freedom to use that part of the natural world.
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;All persons are entitled to maximum freedom consistent with equal liberty for all.
 
;All persons are entitled to maximum freedom consistent with equal liberty for all.
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:It is ludicrous to talk of maximizing freedoms without a means of MEASURING freedom, because there are always tradeoffs.  Your freedom to slander trades off with my freedom from slander.
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;Principle of Freedom: All people are free to think, believe, and act as they choose, as long as they do not infringe on the equal freedom of others.
 
;Principle of Freedom: All people are free to think, believe, and act as they choose, as long as they do not infringe on the equal freedom of others.
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:Fine.  Everybody has equal freedom to kill or be killed.  Who has the biggest guns in that libertarian world?
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;For me, my core libertarian belief is that I have the freedom to do anything that causes no harm to others, their property, or nature.
 
;For me, my core libertarian belief is that I have the freedom to do anything that causes no harm to others, their property, or nature.
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:Then you will have to stop breathing, because you are contributing to global warming.  You will have to live outside the market, because your participation increases demand which raises prices for others. Everything you do affects others some amount, often harmfully, even if miniscule.
  
 
;Freedom is first of all our birthright (Murray)
 
;Freedom is first of all our birthright (Murray)

Latest revision as of 15:20, 18 January 2021

Libertarians have a dazzling array of conflicting and irrational single principles that they use to define their ideology. There are all examples of Greedy Reductionism. There are many, many one-line descriptions such as "no initiation of force or fraud", but there are major problems with such descriptions. First, all such examples are heavily value-laden: ideas of "initiation", "force", and "fraud" vary greatly even among libertarians. Second, as libertarian David Friedman points out, such simple rules may dictate results that even libertarians find grossly undesirable.

These need to be grouped, sourced, and refuted.

Self-ownership
Other people are not your property.
Party membership
Absolute rights (despotic dominion)
inalienable (unalienable) rights
non-aggression principle
non-coercion principle
non-interference (Lester, Billy Christmas)
no proactive constraints (Lester)
no initiation of force or fraud
Libertarianism claims to do nothing other than answer the question of when violence is permissible. (Cantwell)
individual liberty
liberty to be the most important value
the ideology which prioritizes liberty above other endeavors
maximize individual freedom
There is no way to maximize freedom, because every freedom for somebody removes freedom for others, as if there is a law of conservation of freedom. Your freedom to run around naked removes my freedom to be spared the site of your pasty, hairy butt. Your freedom to have property or consume something removes my freedom to use that part of the natural world.
All persons are entitled to maximum freedom consistent with equal liberty for all.
It is ludicrous to talk of maximizing freedoms without a means of MEASURING freedom, because there are always tradeoffs. Your freedom to slander trades off with my freedom from slander.
Principle of Freedom
All people are free to think, believe, and act as they choose, as long as they do not infringe on the equal freedom of others.
Fine. Everybody has equal freedom to kill or be killed. Who has the biggest guns in that libertarian world?
For me, my core libertarian belief is that I have the freedom to do anything that causes no harm to others, their property, or nature.
Then you will have to stop breathing, because you are contributing to global warming. You will have to live outside the market, because your participation increases demand which raises prices for others. Everything you do affects others some amount, often harmfully, even if miniscule.
Freedom is first of all our birthright (Murray)
People are responsible for their own actions
concensus
maximizing consent
pricing of everything
contract
markets work
the free market isn't perfect, but it is the best available system
common law/torts
responsibility
Libertarianism is about non-favoritism.
property
private property ethic
all rights are property rights
rationality
no public, only individuals
there is no social entity . . . . there are only individual people (Nozick)
a political movement that seeks to significantly reduce the size and scope of government
minimal government
small government
government should be as small as possible
critique of government
Libertarianism is a theory about the proper role of the state in society.
someone whose political views emphasize individual freedom by limiting the role of government.
Libertarianism is the strand of liberal thought that focuses on the state as a threat to liberty.
unnecessary intervention by the gov't
you leave me alone, and I'll leave you alone
a shared intuitive sense of what is mine and what is thine
redistribution is the exploitation of the ‘makers’ by the ‘takers.’
fiscally conservative, socially liberal
Libertarians uphold the sovereignty of each adult individual in social life.
self determination
libertarians simply try to solve problems with more freedom instead of less
Neutrality means that if one person is allowed to do something, all are.
As a political philosophy libertarianism is based on the view that all individual humans are worthy of respect, and that their actions should not be subject to the coercive interference of another without just cause. James Taylor
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