So what does it mean to be a Libertarian? It is a philosophy which has as its basis individual freedom, limited government and free markets. I hope the pages below will enlighten you some more...
"The sole end for which mankind are warranted,
individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of actions
of any of their number, is self protection. The only purpose for which
power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community,
against his will. is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical
or moral, is not a sufficient warrant."
- John Stuart Mill, "On Liberty" (1865)
"Industrial progress, mechanical improvement,
all of the great wonders of the modern era
have meant relatively little to the wealthy.
The rich in Ancient Greece would have benefitted hardly at all from modern plumbing : running servants replaced running water. Television and radio? The Patricians of Rome could enjoy the leading musicians and actors in their home, could have the leading actors as domestic retainers. Ready-to-wear clothing, supermarkets - all these and many other modern developments woul have added little to their life.
The great achievements of Western Capitalism have redounded primarily to the benefit of the ordinary person. These achievements have made available to the masses conveniences and amenities that were previously the exclusive perogative of the rich and powerful."
- Milton Friedman, "Free To Choose"
LIBERTARIAN BOOKS & ADVOCATES
The Rich : A comparitive study by PJ O'Rourke of 6 economies which
answers the question
"Why are some places stinking rich?"
Check out some more PJ for the wittiest analysis of our problems.
: Nobel Laureate Economist.
Friedrich Hayek : Influential political philosopher.
Robert Nozick : Author of 'Anarchy, State, Utopia'.
Economics books with a free market slant.
Ayn Rand : A refugee from the horrors of Stalinism, her Objectivist philosophy defends the moral basis of Libertarianism, best demonstrated in The Virtue of Selfishness.
THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT
The Welfare State
The War on Drugs
THE FREE MARKET
The Free Market
The Nature of Justice
Free Speech & Censorship
Separation of Church and State
Importance of Constitutions and the Law
POLITICS & SOCIETY
Right Wing Bumper Slogans
Political Ideologies Explained (using cows) (really)
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