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The science is settled

What science, libertarianism have in common

3 Responses to “The science is settled”

  1. Bryan S. Says:


    “Our laws should reflect reality. Government policies should be analyzed using logic, not ideology. ”

    Reality and sound logic are subjective views. If you look at today, in the progressive mindset, we are following reality and sound judgement.

    Personally, I think that most Paul supporters are putting too much stock in the man, and ignoring things to suit their own cult of personality.

  2. MJM Says:

    Thanks for posting this. I think the writer misses the point by about 50%, and the missed 50% is deceptive. The libertarian principles are not “freedom and reality.” The libertarian principle is simply, freedom. It’s a recognition of who we are, not what kind of government we should have. Libertarianism is nothing, if not an ideology. In this silly age, the word “ideology” has become a curse word when, in reality, having an ideology means only that you have identified certain principles in which you believe. I suppose the alternative to having an ideology is to babble senselessly, swayed by the latest propaganda. I have an ideology; it’s well thought-out, based on solid rock, and it offers meaning and hope to our foundering world.

    It just troubles me that the writer leaves open the prospect of libertarians evaluating what policies “work” (which is a subjective notion if ever there were one) but presuming to the authority to tinker with power–so long as it “works.”

    Inherent in libertarianism is the assumption that freedom works economically and judicially, affording the most the greatest joy in exploring their life–exploring who they are. Libertarians do, objectively, note the centuries of tyranny in its many forms, and do note the real failures of monarchy, dictatorship whether by individual or committee, and theocracy, and also note the vibrant life of a free people. But, the principle is not utilitarian: it’s simply freedom. Again, why freedom? Because that is who we are. Freedom is part of our identity, not something bestowed upon us by a government because it decides—for the time being—that free enterprise, for example, “works.”

    I might add, mix science with government, and the equation produces a poison.

    And those kids? I think they mistakenly see Ron Paul (and, therefore, libertarians in general) as both countercultural, and pacifist. He–and other libertarians–are neither. Indeed, libertarians know and define a solid principle, and insist on its manifestation in the halls of government. They see that principal written into the Constitution and insist on adherence to the founding document. I suppose a Libertarian could be a pacifist, but nothing about libertarianism even remotely hints at pacifism. American libertarians do observe that governments wage wars, sending their young folks off to faraway places, to accomplish ill-defined goals having little to do with the livelihood of Americans.

  3. comatus Says:

    “accomplish ill-defined goals having little to do with the livelihood of Americans.”

    I’ll cavil with just the tail-end of your otherwise clearly-thought assertion, you, you ideologue, you.

    A libertarian US government would certainly respond to a foreign entity selling American citizens into slavery, and probably to their property being seized. Other livelihood-related mishaps (unfair taxation and regulation, obstacles to market penetration, restrictions on production, and so on) would more likely be seen as the risks of doing business on the global scale. As you say, it’s about freedom, not standard of living. We might lose “the corn and rice and oil of Mesopotamia” and the jobs that go with it.

    RP has certainly missed a lick on foreign policy by speaking exclusively about when he would *not* commit US forces. Had he stressed the other side of the equation — that when citizens are truly deprived of life and liberty, the aggressor would quickly find himself at the pointed end of the terrible swift sword of the US Air Force — he’d be the VFW’s anointed son.
    He’s not just a doctor. He’s a Flight Surgeon.