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Burden of Proof

Info Wars is the one that accused Rand of saying libertarians advocate everyone go around with no clothes on and smoke pot. Yet they provided no evidence.

"The burden of proof is often associated with the Latin maxim semper necessitas probandi incumbit ei qui agit, the best translation of which seems to be: 'the necessity of proof always lies with the person who lays charges.'"

"When debating any issue, there is an implicit burden of proof on the person asserting a claim. "If this responsibility or burden of proof is shifted to a critic, the fallacy of appealing to ignorance is committed".

Why is everyone upset by this? Because libertarians argue "Hey! We don't advocate everyone go around with no clothes on and smoke pot." But this is exactly what Rand said! He was giving a defense of libertarianism! The only reason his comments can be interpreted negatively is that they proceed "I'm not a libertarian," but there is no way to know from the article whether the statements were made at the same time. The burden of proof is on you or IW or whoever claims they were together when there is no evidence of such.

Either way, how can Rand claim simultaneously "I'm not a libertarian" and "I'm a libertarian Republican"? Republican is a party, and he is a member, but party aside, one is either a libertarian or one is not a libertarian; he cannot be both! Do you really think he's that dumb? "I’m not a libertarian. I’m a libertarian Republican." How do we know what the capitalization of those words is? Try this: "I’m not a Libertarian. I’m a libertarian Republican." this one minor interpretive difference makes it mean "I'm not a member of the Libertarian Party, I'm a philosophical libertarian that is a member of the Republican Party."

P.S. My friend said you're a CIA troll, and if you think you're not in the CIA, the burden of proof lies with you.

Andrew Napolitano for President 2016!

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