Saturday, January 08, 2005

Libertarian NOT Conservative

Timothy Sandefur elucidates in clear and easy to understand language the difference between conservatives and libertarians. Though I never was able to express it, it is why I have always thought of myself as a libertarian, and never a conservative.

Simply, Conservatives believe that people should not be free, but should be slaves to the greater good.

Libertarians, on the other hand, believe that each person is responsible themself for freely loving and caring for their fellow men and women.

Freedom of Choice, NOT Freedom from Choice

Thus Spake Zarathustra
Hundred-year quarantine.-- Democratic institutions are quarantine arrangements to combat that ancient pestilence, lust for tyranny: as such they are very useful and very boring.

from Nietzsche's The Wanderer and his Shadow,s. 289, R.J. Hollingdale transl.
So.... What are Liberals? Carrying on this oversimplification to borderline ridiculous levels, they are individualists who forgot that the democratic, anti-tyrannical institutions are only there to protect the individual from the tyrant king/dictator/autocrat. Now they have somehow come to identify with the apparatus of the state rather than the people, its subjects. Strangely enough, they believe as strongly as Conservatives that people must be enslaved to the greater good. The only difference is that they do not have a moral code to guide them, but only law and science.

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