|The essence of the libertarian doctrine|
Here are a few libertarian positions:
- Taxation should be repealed.
- Mandatory Education should be repealed.
- Mandatory Health Insurance should be repealed.
- Mandatory service -- military or otherwise -- should be repealed.
- Government funding of any product or service should be repealed.
- Government prohibition on the possession of any product or object or animal or thing should be repealed.
- Government interference in freedom of contract should be repealed.
- Any law telling people what to do in their private lives with other consenting adults should be repealed.
Here are some examples of non-libertarian positions:
- Telling people that they should educate their children.
- Telling people what they may or may not say, write or publish.
- Telling people what religion they may belong to.
- Telling people how to prepare food.
- Telling people what substances they may imbibe, inhale or eat.
- Telling people how to use their money.
- Telling people what sorts of agreements they can make with other people.
- Telling people that if they are not educated enough or wealthy enough they should not have children.
- Telling people what they may not do for a living.
This should not be all that hard to understand. And yet I constantly hear people who hold office in the Libertarian Party saying things about what people should do. Just stop it! You are not helping the cause.
Here is a recent discussion about some of these issues that I had with Julia Hanna.