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Why Don't More Defend Both Economic Liberty And Personal Liberty?

{Editor’s Note: This is the 26th installment of a series of articles attempting to address the 32 questions posed by Ron Paul in his recent farewell speech given in front of Congress. Check out the previous installment, ““Why Do Some Defend Civil Liberties But Not Free Markets?””}

If you’ve been following our series of articles attempting to answer all of Ron Paul’s 32 questions, by now you’ve probably noticed a few common themes. This is no coincidence, just as it was no coincidence that Ron Paul asked some very pointed questions in his farewell speech in order to point out logical inconsistencies in the way the role of government is viewed in our society. One prevailing theme is the acceptance of government monopoly on violence, and how this has caused many of the problems we see in our society today.

This monopoly on violence allows the State to chip away at both the personal and economic liberty of individuals through passage of legislation which ignores individual rights in favor of the “greater good” of the collective of society. Of course, when they say “society”, what they really mean is “The State”. There is no such single entity known in the world known as “society”. Society is just a collection of individuals, but the State has hijacked the word to represent itself. And virtually all politicians, sans Ron Paul, are Statists.

Don’t like paying taxes? “Well it’s your duty to society”, the Statists cry. Not a fan of wars? “Well you need to support the troops anyway, Anarchist. They are fighting for your freedom….society’s freedom!” These are common Statist arguments, along with my favorites “Who will build the roads???” and “Well then why don’t you go live in Somalia if you hate government so much??”.

No matter which illogical argument used by the Statist, they are all ultimately saying the same thing: the liberty of you, the individual, is a secondary concern if it’s any concern at all. Sure, you’ll get some Republicans acting like they believe in free markets, some Democrats acting like they believe in civil liberties, and yet rarely if ever will anyone advocate for both.

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Inconsistancy?

"Of course, when they say “society”, what they really mean is “The State”. There is no such single entity known in the world known as “society”. Society is just a collection of individuals, but the State has hijacked the word to represent itself."

What do you mean when you use the word "State"?

I can write your words this way:

Of course, when they say "State", what they really mean is "The Society". There is no such single entity in the world known as "The State". The State is just a collection of individuals, but Society has hijacked the word to represent itself.

If someone is to blame "The State" for anything done by individual people who share the same ideas and share the same actions, then someone is doing the same exact thing that someone is blaming "The State" for doing.

Contradicting themselves.

Joe

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Why Don't More Defend Both Economic Liberty & Personal Liberty ?

"Why Don't More Defend Both Economic Liberty And Personal Liberty ?"

Here's what I'd go with, for a terse answer :

"That's because there aren't enough people, actually, willing to defend EITHER of these - yet."

We've got to keep educating the people, gently, about :

Laissez-Faire for Liberty

and

Laissez-Faire for Economics

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Don't we all do this all time

Don't we all do this all time time?

Ron Paul himself only defends liberty up to a certain point...he agrees that we do not have the ability to murder, steal, etc.

That is what this is...people are just drawing the lines up differently. There are some anarchists that believe no line exists. There are neoconservatives who define social lines one way and economic lines another way. Etc....

Plan for eliminating the national debt in 10-20 years:

Overview: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/my-plan-for-reducin...

Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a

The question

as asked by Ron Paul, is specifically referring to members of Congress.

Of course, we here on the DP defend both daily!Thanks for reading!

http://lionsofliberty.com/
*Advancing the Ideas of Liberty Daily*

Truly fascinating

Just how much something like liberty can piss off both parties in equal proportions.