Among the Libertarian circles, Socialism and Communism are frequently regarded as the greatest evil — that is, to say, the greatest opposition to liberty and anything to oppose freedom must consider an evil. Essentially, Libertarianism is a basis for obtaining an opinion on social issues: those things which encroach upon personal liberty are to be opposed. The Libertarian thought represents a lot of progressive ideals, as well as conservative ideals. Simply put, Libertarianism does not place emphasis on liberal versus conservative, or new versus old. Rather, it is based on the one idea of liberty, hence the title. For gay rights, Libertarianism is supportive of it, since it promotes a person’s right to their own private activity.

For Censorship, it is opposed, since demotes a person’s right to their individual liberty. In these ways, Libertarianism is similar to that of progressive ideals. As far as Free Trade and Capitalism go, Libertarianism is supportive, again, based on the fact that just as a person ought to have social and political liberty, they must also have economic liberty, and right to sell and purchase without hindrance. In this way, Libertarianism is closer to conservative rather than liberal values. However, as I stated earlier, Libertarianism is not based on promoting or demoting ideals based on whether they are new or old, liberal or conservative, radical or archaic. Libertarianism is based solely on the idea of opposing laws and regulations which interfere with personal liberty.

Yet, for this statement to have any meaningful context, one must understand another question: what is personal liberty? If I were to say that Libertarianism is based on promoting individual liberty, I would be withholding the entire story. There are certain liberties which Libertarianism specifically restrict. The so-called personal rights are promoted, where a person is not allowed to steal or to kill another. This is the great contradiction of Libertarianism: a man may do whatever he pleases, so long as he does not infringe upon the rights of another — these rights often defined in a variety of ways, but always by the Libertarian thinker himself. The great failure of these thinkers is simple: they have not been able to intrinsically denote the difference between “the right to protection from theft” and “the right to protection from economic exploitation,” or “the right to protection from being offended by another’s sexual preference.” A person may argue, for instance, that to walk nude in public will offend them, and cause them harm, just as much as someone stealing their property. Yet a Libertarian thinker would respond that the nudist has his rights while the thief does not. The problem is that there is no argument to promote one right and to debase another. It is just assumed that the “natural rights” are opposed to theft and murder. Essentially, the problem of its ideology is this: it fails to make the distinction of the right of not being offended to the right of life — that Libertarianism will promote liberty when it’s to go nude, but not when it is to steal. There may be some inane, erroneous work which attempts to justify “natural rights” of life and property, but I’ve yet to find anything substantial to defend these rights over any others. Read the rest of this entry »

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