Comment: Libertarianism is political

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Libertarianism is political

The way I see it, libertarianism is purely a political philosophy. Though some elements of it can be carried over into other areas of life, it is primarily political. It is not a parenting style, because parenting and politics are totally different, separate things.

Like every nation, every family is different, with different values, circumstances, heritages and people. What will work for one nation (family) will not work in another nation (family).

So I see nothing wrong with your spanking when you've already figured out what works with your family and what does not work, and if you do it in a way that teaches what you intend. For example, growing up my parents only spanked with bare hands, and only in cases of 1) blatant rebellion, 2) lying, and 3) when something physically dangerous happened/threatened to happen. There was a distinct line drawn between "spanking offenses" and other kinds of offenses.

I don't see it as wrong even if you haven't figured it out yet, and are trying to find out. Or even if you don't know, but you feel that being completely lax about something blatantly wrong will teach something worse than spanking will (ex: deliberately letting known rapists go unpunished because you fear that the death penalty is too severe).

That's just my view. I can be a "authoritarian" at home while being "libertarian" in my political views and "conservative" in my dealings with my neighbors. There is no conflict.

"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." -- Thomas Paine