Good job. I'm seeing more of these hit pieces in the conservative press. Without exception, they lift sentences from detailed, recondite texts of hundreds of pages and proceed to extrapolate false premises from them, and draw on extruded, bizarre hypotheticals as justification for the existence of multi-trillion dollar super-states.
I suppose the philosophy of liberty really has some folks worried.
I think libertarians, at least the ones you'll find on this forum, view liberty as a 'right'. While this may is true, talking about rights is generally a tactical error. The only possible argument in favor of statism, whether left statism or right statism is utilitarian. The statists all want to deny you your liberty in pursuit of some higher goal, whether it be to help the poor as the lefties want or to enforce virtue as the conservatives claim.
Worthy goals certainly. But it is very important to get across the message that the only way to achieve these higher goals is through freedom. Both Mises and Hayek were utilitarians. They believed in freedom because it works, not because it's a right. Coercion never works and always leads to still more coercion. That was the message of Hayek's most important work The Road to Serfdom
posted on 02/04/2002 1:52:27 PM PST
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson