Monday, September 30, 2013

"The Essence of Libertarianism"

Walter Block reminds Lew Rockwell that it is not the "liberty without wisdom, and without virtue" that Edmund Burke warned us as being "the greatest of all possible evils" and "folly, vice and madness, without tuition or restraint," but something entirely different, something at the heart of what figures ranging from Jesus Christ to Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy preached — The Non-Aggression Axiom.

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Well, I agree with one thing that author said, libertarianism is "rabid."

His interview actually does a very good job of demonstrating the fundamental error of libertarianism: it is an ideology. It is rabid, as he admits. And its rabid ideological fixation is precisely what renders it so dangerous. Like all ideologies, it functions as battery acid to a view of human life that is whole and integrated.

While libertarianism is often on the right side of the conflict between the State and individual, that is in spite of, not because, of its ideological nature.

And libertarianism is, for the most part, quite content to sit by and watch the fundamental institution of our society, marriage, fall under the knife, while celebrating the slaughter of unborn children in the womb. An ideology of not of ordered liberty but of death.

September 30, 2013 at 11:09 PM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

Marriage: the best we can hope for today is to get the State out of the bedroom.

Abortion: "non-aggression towards the unborn" might gain more traction in the culture than current "pro-life" tactics.

Seamless garment and all that.

October 1, 2013 at 11:00 PM  

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