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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Libertarianism 101

Stefan, any rights of a set of people are nothing more than shorthand for the rights of the individuals in the set.  This is Libertarianism 101, and I don't have time to teach it to you.  (There is an interesting question about corporate personhood and limited liability, but neither the CP nor LP platforms broach it.)
As for the sovereignty of states, you again need to read the LP Platform.  It says: "The principle of non-initiation of force should guide the relationships between governments. [...] No individual, group, or government may initiate force against any other individual, group, or government."
It's simply addled to ask whether the LP believes in property rights.   We say: "Property rights are entitled to the same protection as all other human rights. The owners of property have the full right to control, use, dispose of, or in any manner enjoy, their property without interference, until and unless the exercise of their control infringes the valid rights of others." Property rights aren't in conflict with individual rights; in fact, Libertarians often argue that all individual rights are property rights, deriving from self-ownership.  Again, this is Libertarianism 101.
You ask for the difference between Root and "a Bush/Cheney Republican", and then proceed to demonstrate the difference.  Bush or Cheney would never say about Iraq: "We shouldn’t be there. It was the wrong war. We should have stayed focused on the only true enemy- the Taliban, Al Queda and the terrorists."
You should also read his foreign policy position paper "W.A.R. and Peace" at
WR) The Libertarian Party advocates a non-interventionist policy in the affairs of other nations. I agree 100% with this stance. It's time to stop gallivanting across the globe to “nation build” and stuff democracy down the throats of others. It's time to admit that the Iraq war, as well as the supposed “post war planning” was a disaster. It is time to admit that while there is a "war on terror," the war in Iraq had (and has) little do with it. It's time to admit the war in Iraq has distracted us from the real "war on terror" we are waging against the Taliban in Afghanistan. It's time to admit that the war in Iraq has fostered terrorism and civil war. It's time to admit that our troops are dying in the middle of a sectarian civil war that, to be blunt, is none of our business. It's time to admit that our injection into the foreign affairs of others often causes more problems than it solves. It is time to admit that our foreign policy in many cases has caused, as Ron Paul put it, “blow-back.” In other words, by choosing sides we create new enemies and grudges against the United States. (WR
It's simply ignorant to say Root is running as a "neocon".  You're absolutely right that "any third party candidate and party are ALWAYS going to have their shortcomings", and I can't stop you from making excuses not to support the LP ticket.  But I will correct your misrepresentations of the positions of our ticket.  Every time.