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Re: “Still Loony

P.S. - Starchild is my actual full name, just so you don't think I'm hiding behind a pseudonym. If you do a web search for my name and "libertarian," you can read plenty about me.

Posted by Starchild on 07/29/2009 at 9:00 PM

Re: “Still Loony

Bill,

Lack of significant electoral success is no reason to dismiss libertarianism. Look how long it has historically taken to achieve pro-freedom goals in the past, like women's suffrage, legally abolishing the form of slavery that consists of buying and selling human beings, etc. In the history of great ideas that have the capacity to move humanity forward, forty years is not such a long incubation period.

And libertarians have made significant progress. A generation or two ago, most people thought state socialism was the way of the future. Most people now realize that is nonsense, and libertarians have had a lot to do with educating people on the failures of central government planning and control, and the benefits of people having freedom and choice.

I actually agree with you that libertarians should talk more about civil liberties issues like decriminalizing marijuana and promoting marriage equality. I'm one of the folks in the Libertarian Party who is fighting to put more emphasis on freedoms that people on the left care about.

But I also suspect that our record on talking about these issues may be better than you think. The LP has advocated marriage equality since the party's first platform was written in 1972, which is way before the issue became mainstream. Ditto for removing criminal penalties on the use of marijuana and other drugs. We have been consistent and vociferous critics of the "War on Drugs," and our ranks include people like Steve Kubby, a famous marijuana activist who was one of the people behind California's groundbreaking medical cannabis law Proposition 215, former superior court Judge Jim Gray, who regularly speaks out against the drug war, and Tony Ryan, a leader of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.

All that libertarians really want is freedom for everyone. Is that such a bad thing? Hasn't the world had enough history of trying to use government force to control other peoples' peaceful choices?

I urge you to check out this video on the philosophy of liberty -- http://www.isil.org/resources/introduction… -- and see whether the idea of non-aggression doesn't have more value than you may have previously credited it with.

Love & Liberty,
((( starchild )))

P.S. - Libertarian economists have won plenty of Nobel Prizes. Check out Wikipedia's page on the Chicago School of Economics -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_schoo…

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Posted by Starchild on 07/29/2009 at 8:56 PM

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