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Praetorianus June 7th, 2014 12:55am

In your opinion, if we had a multi party system, Libertarians would be more likely to be junior partner with...

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06/06/14 8:20 pm

I think most of them care more about getting government out of everything than they value social issues so I'm gonna say repubs

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Maj Worth Economist
06/06/14 7:13 pm

Republicans. They tend to bang the same fiscal drum, and when it comes to people's rights, vote against them because "government shouldn't be involved."

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Maj Worth Economist
06/06/14 7:13 pm

It's like people don't understand that part of the government's job is to grant rights (freedom of speech, freedom of guns, freedom of religion, etc), rather than impede them.

MrAngerer
06/06/14 7:26 pm

You have a fundamental misunderstanding of libertarianism. You said that libertarians vote against rights because they don't think the government should be involved. The first thing that's wrong with that statement is that we've voted that way. No

MrAngerer
06/06/14 7:28 pm

Libertarian has been elected to a Federal or State office or as a representative therefor could not have voted for or against any such thing. Secondly, in some cases we do not vote against the right, we vote against the government having the ability

MrAngerer
06/06/14 7:31 pm

To regulate the said right. A popular principle among libertarians which we base a lot of things on is the non-aggression principle: en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-aggression_principle

Maj Worth Economist
06/06/14 7:36 pm

I was talking voters, not elected officials. But you should know there are Libertarians in office ( www.lp.org/candidates/elected-officials ). Also, we agreed about rights - you don't believe the government has the right to grant them.

Maj Worth Economist
06/06/14 7:38 pm

Unfortunately, I entirely disagree with that. You have the right to own property because the government allows you that right. You have freedom of speech because the government allows you that right.

Maj Worth Economist
06/06/14 7:38 pm

Natural rights are well and good, but it doesn't matter if the government isn't willing to support you. You will end up oppressed or dead.

Shazam Scaramouche, OH
06/06/14 11:51 pm

MR ANG - has the Libertarian platform changed much since 1980?

Praetorianus Fair enough.
06/06/14 5:58 pm

Probably GOP, fiscal issues seem to weigh more with the Libertarians I've met. They are for a free market and socially laissez-faire but it's rarely more than just that (to each his own vs fighting for certain rights).

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