Paulism

In light of Rand Paul’s primary victory in Kentucky, I’ve been reviewing my thoughts on libertarianism.

Notionally, libertarianism is a philosophy that believes that if laws are minimized we shall all be free. In other words, it’s an anarchy.

Anarchists believe that all people intend good, and that those who would do otherwise will be constrained by the majority. The libertarian variation is that all businesses will operate in good faith as customers will have both perfect knowledge and opportunity to use another business if they don’t.

History is replete with examples of the error of this belief.

Now, Rand Paul isn’t really a libertarian. He makes some of the noises, but he’s got some issues for which rules need made. For example, abortions must be stopped. And we have to do things to prevent other people from coming here and being anarchists with us — sorry, we have to control and limit immigration. But of course somehow we must do that while paying no taxes, because taxes are unnecessary burdens on our freedom.

Yes, I think libertarians are fools – well-meaning fools, but fools nonetheless. But worse are the people like Rand Paul, who insist on a philosophy except when it applies to them and THEIR interests. I think the word for that is hypocrite.

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2 thoughts on “Paulism

  1. Anarchists believe that all people intend good, and that those who would do otherwise will be constrained by the majority.

    Funny you say that. I personally believe most people do not intend good, and that the only hope of constraining the bad is to effectively bar the existence of concentrations of power. That’s the root of why I am an anarchist.

    • Point. There are two flavors of anarchist – the altruists and the misanthropes.

      On the other hand (and feel free to rebut) many of the misanthropes I’ve met think that as long as they’ve got a sharp pointy stick (or massive firepower) everyone else will at least grant them the respect of fear.

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