Libertarian Dogma

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Mon, 23 Feb 2009 11:38:47 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Paul Bonneua at The Libertarian Enterprise - "rights" to most Libertarians are religious faith, pure and simple. They really should be called "lines in the sand", things that you're willing to kill for. Like Mike Vanderboegh's, "If you try to take our firearms we will kill you."

As far as I'm concerned, the only "rights" you really have, are the ones you are willing to kill for. Sure, you prefer less drastic measures, and will attempt to protect them on the government's chosen battleground, the courts; or work for them on another government-chosen battleground, elections; but to have faith in prevailing in such places is crazy. The deck is stacked against you.

Notice, this recognition of reality handily takes care of the problem of "positive rights". A fair number of people are willing to kill to stay alive; some smaller number are willing to kill in order to be able to say what they want to say (the so-called "right to free speech"), but almost no one is prepared to kill to make you subsidize their health care or their kids' "education".

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Stop, you'll hurt your voice!

Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 23 Feb 2009 19:05:50 GMT

Then, as the Buddha might say

There are some things worth fighting for,
and a tiny handful worth dying for,
but nothing is worth killing for.

Not sure if I agree or not, but then again, I've never killed a person. Just like probably every disciple of this site. Funny how easy killing is to some folks when it's still an abstraction.

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That's the fatal mistake

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Mon, 23 Feb 2009 19:28:03 GMT

That's the fatal mistake those who would take our guns often make. Not believing that we're willing to kill for them.

Try to hurt my family. I will stop you.
Try to take away my guns. I will stop you.
Try to kidnap or hurt me. I will stop you.
Using whatever force I deem fit.

I normally respect your right to live as you wish. I live by the zero aggression principle. Threaten the life or liberty of me or those I love, however, and you no longer deserve that respect. You become a dangerous animal to me, no longer human, to be eradicated if necessary, like a rabid dog.

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