he Libertarian will not strike first when he knows a fist is coming at his face? Will a Libertarian shoot first if someone points a loaded pistol at him and knows they are going to pull the trigger?
The libertarian as envisioned by the party's founder Hopkins (and his ideological model Ayn Rand) would certain react with pre-emption when faced with an imminent attack. Today's Libertarian Party, however, is being run by people who are so pacifistic that they would not even dare to use force reactively, let alone pro-actively.
posted on 10/25/2004 10:24:50 AM PDT
(Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. But it rocks absolutely, too.)
Thanks for the reply, kevkrom. I didn't know that. Would other hardline Libertarians agree that's the way things are today? It's really difficult to understand. Don't Libertarians value their life more than the life of someone who is trying to kill them? Don't they value the life of their children more than they do the life of a bully who is trying to kill them? Even our laws reflect the value of that priority of who should live and who shouldn't in such a circumstance. I don't know too many people who would want to live in a bully-ruled world.
I think pacifism can be equated with appeasement, especially in the terrorist environment we live in today. In such a world, common sense should prevail. I can't feature any non-islamic who would stand by idly and not stop a be-heading if they were armed and had the opportunity.
posted on 10/25/2004 4:33:47 PM PDT
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