Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Difference Between Libertarianism And Socialism

The difference between libertarianism and socialism is that libertarians will tolerate the existence of a socialist community, but socialists can't tolerate a libertarian community. — David Boaz 


One of the problems with being a libertarian is that people expect you to have answers to all the questions they may come up with and there is a temptation to try to satisfy them.  If you admit that you don't have all the answers, then they reject the answer you do have.
The thing about the political scene is that politicians give the impression that they have all the answers - that's what we have to compete with in public discourse. -- Sam Grove

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream." -- Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910)

"We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth... For my part, I am willing to know the whole truth;  to know the worst; and to provide for it." -- Patrick Henry (1736-1799)

"Your silence gives consent." -- Plato (429-347 BC)


It was government that forced Woolworth's and other establishments to exclude blacks in the first place. Jim Crow was imposed by the state, often through police power and over the objection of local businesses, and backed by courts that refused to enforce the 14th Amendment. The Civil Rights Act rightly aimed to uproot not just public discrimination, but private discrimination that government malice had entrenched.

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