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Thursday, March 03, 2011

Libertarianism explained in two minutes

Dr. Jeffrey Miron of Harvard University explains libertarianism in this two minute video. A sample:
The liberal and conservative perspectives are fundamentally different than the libertarian perspective, which is really unique. Liberals and conservatives are at some level the same; they are authoritarians. They both have views on the right way for people to run their lives, and they want to impose that on people, whereas libertarians want to let people choose for themselves how to run their lives rather than having government tell people that there's one right way to do things and other ways that are not legitimate.

Miron must be pretty lonely at Harvard.

(HT: Reason Online)


Anonymous said...

Every libertarian that I have had the displeasure of meeting is nothing more than a lazy anarchist.

Eric said...

Whatever you say, pal. Lazy anarchists like Dr. Miron at Harvard? You need to get out and meet more libertarians.

Alex said...

I'm not sure I agree with his categories. Is he talking Republicans or dumb Republicans? There is a difference. I'm Libertarian or Objectivist to be precise but I have some Socon and neo-con views even though I'm an atheist. We are all conservatives. If you start dividing into little groups it gets stupid because no two people agree on exactly everything all the time. Division plays into the hands of the left since they love to collectivize already. We can be individuals together to stop the damned socialists. We can work out the rest later.

Anonymous said...

@Alex: your 'fusionist' strategy is dead. Cons have proven to be fake friends of freedom. That attitude of SOLIDARITY has brought ruin to America's pro-freedom movement and has totally sterilized the Canadian Right. Libertarians should not be closely associated with conservativism and Objectivist sure as hell shouldn't be!

Anonymous said...

What a concept...people free to make their own choices! How novel! I couldn't agree more with one added corollary; when people make bad choices it is not the responsibility of the remainder of the populace, through government handouts, to correct that action or ease its consequences. This includes big banks and big auto companies as well as individuals.
P.S. Sorry to be signed in as anonymous, but every time I sign in with my Google account they spam me.

Alex said...

YES! The way forward is backward. Liberty only wins when we lose. I'm cured! Progressivism hoe!