I'm a friend of Liberty, though not necessarily morality-free libertarianism. I'm hopeful that folks who move here in search of freedom will distinguish between liberty and license.
How do you make that distinction? If someone else's exercise of their own individual liberty makes you uncomfortable, then does it become "license?" Or do you have a different standard?
posted on 01/20/2005 11:16:35 AM PST
Here is the difference:
Someone else's exercise of "liberty" can, at the extreme, cause physical harm to others or render their property uninhabitable. Human behavior does not occur in a vacuum - that's why we have laws and government to enforce them. The fact that we've gone far beyond the proper limits of law and government (and we have) does not mean that law and government are unneeded. Negative third party effects of human action (such as noise, pollution or narcotics distribution) are best dealt with by the police power of a government under clear standards of fault and liability - but they still must be dealt with.
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