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Obi-Wan Kenobi is wrong. Libertarianism is based on the absolute of the non-aggression principle. A Sith would want to run as far away from that absolute as possible:

@Octobox: "This is why I say a true free-market (consumer-sovereignty as Mises wrote about) will not come about until spirituality overshadows religion and the concepts of absolutism (taught by religions) die like weeds along the road."

You seem to be taking the Ayn Rand view of religion and liberty. As far as I'm concerned, it doesn't matter what a person believes as long as they absolutely believe in the non-aggression principle.

"But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg." -Thomas Jefferson

A market is simply a place or system wherein two or more individuals engage in voluntary mutual trade. There is nothing wrong with free-market hierarchies like religion or business. As long as people are free to join or leave, to trade or not trade with these hierarchies voluntarily. The problem is with monopolies that use aggression against any who would dare to leave/not trade with them (i.e. the State). The State will break your leg if you don't pay their taxes. Religion will leave you alone if you stop paying them tithing (unless the State combines itself with religion, but that is still the State enforcing its will).

As the atheist Walter Block explains, "It is time, it is long past time, that the Austro-libertarian movement reject the virulent Randian opposition to religion.":

"I hate government as much as government hates freedom, and that's a lot." - Mike Malin

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