Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Why I am not a (pure) libertarian

If there are any libertarians reading this blog, ask yourself this: was the free market sufficient to stop Peanut Corp. from giving people salmonella? The answer is, of course, no. It seems like an obvious point, but James Madison was right two hundred years ago when he said "If men were angels, no government would be necessary."I wonder what Ron Paul will say about this scandal. My guess is he'll probably blame it on the government.

I hold a lot of libertarian positions, such as low taxes, decriminaliziation of drugs, the legalization of same-sex marriage, etc.. But I do not agree with radical libertarians like Paul when they say government is always the problem and the market is flawless. The market is not flawless; almost all of us have gotten ripped off by a corporation at some point in our lives.

3 comments:

rod said...

ya i don't get labels in general. it presumes to know what a person's entire beliefs are without actually doing work to get to know the person.

Jack Davis said...

I generally agree, although there are too many people--think of Keith Olbermann and Rush Limbaugh--who do have a predictable worldview.

rod said...

you've prob seen R. Paul on Real Time the other night. I generally like the guy to be honest. some of his proposals seem absurd at first glance so i don't think twice about it. what i didn't like was his claim that if we all did it his way then our economy will recover in six months. i mean is the guy for real? what concerns me most is that he rarely addresses the consequences or impacts his solutions will place on middle and poor america. his whole thing about standing up for *principals* is kinda tiring. at what point does his economic principals become economic fundamentalism?