Until a week or so ago, I considered myself a Libertarian. Now I'm not so sure.
I grew up in a libertarian household (or so we all thought). Since I was old enough to vote, I defined libertarian thusly....
The belief that people should be permitted to do as they please unless it is harming another, combined with the idea that the US Constitution interpreted as closely as possible to its original intent was the most effective way to preserve liberty. We also believed that free market enterprise was the only way to avoid ongoing economic problems.
Since I began interacting here at the DP (as opposed to casually reading) I have come to a rude awakening.
The definition of "true" libertarian (as accepted here at the DP) seems to be acceptance of mises.org as the foundation upon which liberty is defined. Which essentially starts with the economic ideas of Mises (Austrian economics) and then allowing that philosophy to be applied to any and all facets of social interaction.
Its interesting, and I may some day get there, but for now I have too much to read and consider before I am a "convert" of the purist Libertarian definition as outlined there.
I really like reading Murray Rothbard, some of the others are interesting but not as personally resonating. The logic is solid, but I don't always find myself agreeing as quickly as they move from premise to premise. I need time to digest.
I am convinced that the Austrian school of economics is the most correct philosophy regarding how economies actually function, and it makes the alternative philosophies look ridiculous when compared. But I'm not sold on the idea that those same principles are somehow the fundamental laws of all human interaction.
I guess that makes me a socialist. all my life I have been way, way further in favor of serious government downsizing than anyone else I had ever met, but here at the DP, I'm a flaming progressive. Its unreal.
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