It appears that the word "libertarian" is misused by folks on both sides of your political spectrum down there in the USA. The heart of Libertarianism is the belief that every person knows what is best for his or her self and everyone should have the right to pursue that as long as they doesn't infringe on someone else's rights.This is often in conflict with issues that are divided along political lines but such conflicts shouldn't be surprising because libertarianism doesn't naturally fall on either side of this spectrum. In my opinion, a good definition of Libertarianism is contained in your declaration of independance: "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness"Or maybe I'm just going overboard in my response to an otherwise funny post.:)Allan Pollock
Allan,You are within the boundaries of decency. Political postings are expected to generate political comments. I approach Libertarianism from a progressive view point. JG (and possibly yourself) approach it from the blind side. So I give his chain an occasional tug. I really don't have any issues with almost any philosophy as long as it is a thought out position rather than knee-jerk left or right. While my leanings are Green Democratic Socialist, I realize I will always be a voice in the wilderness and I don't have the missionary zeal to convince anyone otherwise. Even if they are obvious misguided.
I'll get back to you.
I have a Libertarian friend. mw
sorry I was going to say something, but must have dozed off. . . mw
I love the "people are free to be libertarian" view that you put forward.;)Allan
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