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Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Libertarian Pope

Tom Blanton writes:
TB) Yes Robert, there is a L pope. And, of course, that L pope would be none other than Brian Holtz himself. [...] The long-standing principles that have existed that can simply be articulated that form the basis for a fairly flexible plumbline have been the principle of self-ownership and the principle of non-aggression. (TB
Bzzt.  Self-ownership and non-aggression are both included in the 2008 LP Platform:
"All individuals are sovereign over their own lives [...] all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives"
"Individuals have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose [...] force and fraud must be banished from human relationships [...] No individual, group, or government may initiate force against any other individual, group, or government."
The Holy See gives Tom Blanton special dispensation to attempt again to answer the questions:
1. What in your opinion is the most important libertarian principle that is missing from our Denver Platform?
2. What in your opinion are the most important specific policy questions that do not have any answer in our Denver Platform but should?
P.S. I'm not the one arguing that "a little aggression" is OK.  That would be the radicals who want to set at zero the default contestable fine for micro-aggressions (e.g. pollution) whose costs are orders of magnitude less than the cost of pursuing a tort claim.  Alas, the LP Platform isn't yet anti-aggression enough to make this point.