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Where do libertarians come from?

"A personal letter to libertarians...

Some readers took exception to an article I wrote that asked, "Are Ron Paul Republicans hijacking the libertarian movement?"

The libertarian movement, I said, is not just Ron Paul's movement but all libertarians' movement, including the Libertarian Party, Gary Johnson, Rand Paul and groups like libertarian-anarchists, voluntaryists, Objectivists, anarcho-capitalists, libertarian entrepreneurs and others."


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from the left

at least, according to the very interesting new book by jeff riggenbach.

Just read it, it will change your mind about the concept of left, right, conservative and libertarian. after having read that book, read this article: http://www.mises.org/daily/6252/Liberalism-Reclaiming-the-Term

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This libertarian

never really thought about who I was politically until a trip behind the Iron Curtain made me realize who I was not, politically, an experience that gave me an appreciation for the way things were here that until then I'd taken for granted - what I did not associate with one, the other, or both political parties but had just considered "American." To me, that's what being libertarian is, wanting to get back to honoring the Constitution and what the founders intended. I also came across the writings of Ayn Rand that had an influence on my thinking. I've mostly called myself a libertarian-oriented conservative, I guess to distance myself from the two establishment parties, neither of whose presidential candidates I've voted for in the last three elections. A good friend of mine, a fellow Ron Paul supporter in '08 and '12, was a Democrat. One issue close to her heart is food freedom and the ability to practice/choose whatever alternative health treatments we wish to (vs., say, what was done to Dr. Burzynski), also food freedom. She (too) is against the encroachment of the UN in such matters.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Rothbard Explained That Back in 1957 In His Letter

"I want you to know that, even without seeing you, you have had an enormous influence upon me—even before the novel came out. I always liked economics, and was inclined to theory, but found in my graduate economics courses that I felt all the theories offered were dead wrong, but I could not say why. Mises’s Human Action was the next great influence upon me, because I found in it a great rational system of economics, each interconnected logically, each following, as in Aristotelian philosophy, from a basic and certain axiom: the existence of human beings. When I first met you, many years ago, I was a follower of Mises, but unhappy about his antipathy to natural rights, which I “felt” was true but could not demonstrate. You introduced me to the whole field of natural rights and natural law philosophy, which I did not know existed, and month by month, working on my own as I preferred, I learned and studied the glorious natural rights tradition. I also learned from you about the existence of Aristotelian epistemology, and then I studied that, and came to adopt it wholeheartedly. So that I owe you a great intellectual debt for many years, the least of which is introducing me to a tradition of which four years of college and three years of graduate school, to say nothing of other reading, had kept me in ignorance."

Murray Rothbard
Letter to Ayn Rand

don't mark people down without why

don't dodge putting yourself out there.. bad habit

edit: dodge more pls sry i'm not like a dog with tail between its legs

"Where do libertarians come from?"

Non-Aborted Fetuses.

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Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution, inevitable.

the answer is no

ron paul is bigger than libertarianism. when you are in a leader position like that so far ahead of anyone else, you don't really need a label. he uses that word to let political junkies make correlation more easily sometimes. he doesn't even use that word for laymen who aren't engaged in politics, because that's how irrelevant that term is. perhaps you really meant to ask: 'i was here first, ron paul should pay some respect to seniority', and to that, i would just say that attitude exists predominantly among boomers, and that bully world view is why many are so backward.

second point i would like to make, is that libertarianism also evolves. ron paul clearly inserts some of his own world view while he spreads the message, and he has clarified some of the libertarian positions that way. just take for instance libertarian party's stance on monetary issue was clouded at best, having endorsed milton friedman's economic views a few times too often, who was pro central banking, pro federal reserve. i am sure libertarians had a different view too before milton friedman came along. you are witnessing the evolution of something new that once shared limited roots with what you used to call libertarianism, but it can really stand on its own. clearly the majority of the populace has preferred ron paul's version as well.

From the uterus like everyone

From the uterus like everyone else...

Southern Agrarian

You beat me to it. :)

Long live us smartasses! lol

Patriot Cell #345,168
I don't respond to emails or pm's.
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution, inevitable.

For hardcore smartasses.

Along the same line of thought . . . when astrology freaks ask me what "sign" I was born under, I always reply, "maternity ward."

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose

The war on drugs

that's where this libertarian originally came from.

In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.

Libertarianism used to be

Libertarianism used to be just good ole' fashioned common sense and respect. We had no label. I was RAISED this way! Live and let live, what your neighbor does is his business, work hard, manage your money well, love and respect all etc. The way I see it, libertarianism used to be just good American values, now its labeled and people need to argue the point. Just goes to show you the degradation that happens once you start to label things.

Blessings )o(