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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Pro-War Libertarian, or Anti-Religious Libertine?

Red Phillips, who is not a libertarian, wonders if there is such a thing as a pro-war libertarian, because he "thought one of the primary tenants of libertarianism is supposed to be that whole 'non initiation of force' thing."

But then he realized, "
They are not so much principled libertarians as they are libertines, and they fear that Fundamentalist Muslims threaten their God given-right to sin. If Boortz and Dondero are any indication, a war on Fundamentalist Christians might be next."

Mike Tuggle, also a paleoconservative, offers,

Libertarianism is the product of so many thinkers, some good, some totally repulsive, that’s it’s hard to refer to it as a comprehensive system of thought. Therefore, there will always be those calling themselves “libertarian” with differing, even clashing, views. Of course, the same could be said of Marxism or Objectivism, and both had “closed” systems of philosophy to supposedly ensure uniformity of thought.

There are left-libertarians who advocate the abolition of both borders and copyrights as infringements on individual liberty. There are paleo-libertarians who share with paleo-conservatives the recognition that the liberties they admire depend on traditional foundations of culture and faith.

Yes, the word libertarian, even left- libertarian, can mean a lot of things.

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