Not Everyone Deserves Liberty

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Why I’m not a Libertarian.

“Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites, in proportion as their love of justice is above their rapacity, in proportion as their soundness and sobriety of understanding is above their vanity and presumption, in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves. Society cannot exist, unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.” ~Edmund Burke

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3 thoughts on “Not Everyone Deserves Liberty

    uvalduvalcuckoo said:
    April 10, 2014 at 3:26 am

    I frequent quite a few Libertarian/Libertarian leaning sites and honestly I’d be really hard pressed to define what a Libertarian is. In the abstract, sure , but in practical terms, it means everything from anarchist to “Smaller government” unless it’s a program I like to a social issue I’m fond of. But I digress.

    This is a pretty intriguing post though in that – there’s no arguing with the proposition that a whole lot of people can’t handle Liberty and a significant # of them don’t want it. At the same time, to quote you, the question of ‘compared to what’ comes up. If we could get back to something along the lines of pre-commerce clause, pre-new deal America that’d be a dream, but I can’t see any path that gets us there short of all out revolution (which I don’t think could even be possible now – b/c there’s no conceivable uprising I could even imagine that wouldn’t be squashed in no time. One can only hope that peopel start getting fed up with excesses of those in power and start to push things back – even if we rolled back 75% of the govt (defined any way you want to define it) we’d still be so far away from any ‘libertarian’ society we’d still be drowning in statism. Federalism would seem to be the cure, but that ain’t gonna happen – so we’re just kind of stuck with it.

    magus71 responded:
    April 10, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Bill, I was thinking about writing an entire post on why Im not a libertarian, but the first paragraph ended up being me trying to figure out what they really are.

    VXXC said:
    April 11, 2014 at 3:51 am

    Neoreaction has a cruel formula that Libertarianism is applied autism.

    In any case Cathedral capture has certainly already happened to the Libertarians.

    Offer Free Weed in exchange for all political rights waived, done and done. They’re that deep and that determined. Done.

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