Why I’m A Conservative/Libertarian

21 Sep


The following is for those who question my Libertarian credentials.

I was first introduced to Libertarianism when I watched speeches from Harry Browne on C-Span. The man was truly brilliant, in spite of his foreign policy positions. After being introduced to Libertarianism I found I agreed with a great number of their conclusions. The following is a brief list of areas in which my personal/political philosophy overlaps with those of most libertarians.

I believe the purpose of the 1st amendment is to protect free speech. I therefore advocate for absolute free speech as outlined by John Stuart Mill in On Liberty.

I believe the purpose of the 2nd amendment was to allow the populous to always maintain the capability to overthrow the US Government, if it became tyrannical. In my opinion, this becomes clear if you carefully read the 2nd amendment and understand that militias meant every able-bodied freeman.

I believe in a robust defense of civil liberties for all Americans.

I advocate for the legalization of all drugs currently considered illegal under US law.

I am strongly morally opposed to abortion, but I am hesitant to make it illegal.

I am in favor of making legal immigration to this nation easier.

I feel that the government should not be considered the first solution to a problem.

I believe in free markets and capitalism rather than government control and corporations.

I am an advocate for civil unions, but I do not feel government belongs in marriage, which should be left to religions.

I am opposed to a theocracy, but I respect freedom of religion.

I should note that, while I agree a great deal with libertarians, there are disagreements. I try to make this clear by always describing myself as a conservative/libertarian. The following are potential areas of disagreement.

I believe the best form of government is that which is closest to the people. As a result, I feel states should be returned to their rightful place of prominence rather than advocate for the complete abolition of government.

I do not believe in granting the rights of US citizens to foreign nationals. It could very well be argued that my support for libertarianism ends at the border, because I recognize the difference between a society governed by the rule of law under a constitution and an anarchic international system.

I reject international law as a fundamentally flawed misnomer and illegitimate. International law cannot exist, because law, in the west, is rooted in the consent of the governed. Law, divorced from an overarching system of governance is, by definition, nothing more than international norms. International norms hold no more real authority than social norms, unless they are codified within a legal system. There is no international constitution and therefore, there can be no international law. As an aside, let me say that I find the very concept of international law repugnant and antithetical to individual liberty and pluralism.

I reject an isolationist foreign policy that attempts to apply domestic values to international relations, because the international system is anarchic, while a nation governed by equal application of the law, under a constitution, is not.


7 Responses to “Why I’m A Conservative/Libertarian”

  1. despicable September 25, 2009 at 3:44 AM #

    Those of you that say, “Government” is the problem and that our economic salvation is to get government off our backs and to let the private sector without government interference be free to do what it does best for the system of capitalism and America!
    You IDIOTS that believe this dogmatic Libertarian nonsense are truly blind to our recent American history!
    The democrats have replaced the republicans as the “party in power” because of the obvious reason that the democratic party represents the “end of the Republican Era,” of “unrestrained capitalism,” that is allowed to run wild, without government oversight, as they pursue the “all mighty dollar!”
    The economic collapse of the world market economy occurred during the Bush regime that cared little about the common good and only cared about investors making a quick profit, … and the “public be damned!”
    The present day “Republicans” have gone so far to the extreeme and are allied with the out of touch backward thinking Libertarians that think that they know everything about economics but know nothing, except how to be greedy and anti-social, This type of activity is represented to their greedy anti-social followers, as being for “individual freedom.”
    This “republican extremism,” will very quickly dump the republican party into the “trash can,” of the no longer relevant political parties that existed in our no longer relevant past!
    With the disappearance of the no longer relevant “republicans,” from our modern day reality, I believe that their will be a new “political realignment.”
    The democrats will morph into the modern day, relevant conservative party, and a socialist leaning party will become a mainstream party in a modern day two party system.

    • StickeeNotes September 25, 2009 at 5:10 AM #

      You couldn’t be more wrong if your name was Wrongy McWrongerson. If you believe the last twenty years represented unrestrained Capitalism you are truly ignorant. What we’ve increasingly had in this country, since the progressive era, is corporatism. Foolish people, such as yourself, were talked into regulating businesses. Who benefits from government regulation? The bureaucratic structure and established large businesses. The bureaucratic structure benefits, because with increased power to regulate comes taxpayer dollars and a swelling of their union ranks. The large established businesses benefit, because the most effective impediment to competition is costly government regulation. Large businesses can absorb these costs, because of their size, while small businesses (which represent the threat of competition) cannot. Large corporations embrace government regulation, because they are willing to trade future growth for security against competition. Large corporations also embrace government regulation, because they can influence lawmakers and get around the negative aspects of operating within a market economy. AIG and other TARP recipients are the prime examples of this reality. The government, with the support of both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, passed TARP which propped up failed businesses to the expense of the successful. The Fed engaged in the same behavior when they pumped money into large banks that should have collapsed. Instead of failing, these large banks used the money provided by the Fed to buy up small banks and lending institutions that were responsible in their lending practices. The free market move would have been to let the big banks fail and be replaced with medium and small banks that engaged in responsible lending practices.

      Your ignorance as to the difference between free market capitalism and the highly regulated socialistic economic structure that exists in the United States is not shocking. Leftists have been very successful at painting the mess their naivete created as capitalism, when our markets are anything but free.

      Government involvement in the economy is what led to the bubble/recession and it will perpetuate it for years to come. Your ignorance of the lost decade in Japan (which is being repeated in this nation), the role of the government bureaucracy in protecting established businesses, and basic economics is all too predictable. If your prediction, regarding the change in the status-quo of the political parties, proves true, we will only see numerous repeats of the binge/bailout cycle.

      P.S. Your socialist utopia puts the state above the individual just like a fascist state. The only difference between the two is that the fascist state tends to kill more of its neighbors, while the socialist state stacks up the bodies at home.

      Kindly get bent,

  2. DPunch November 20, 2009 at 10:15 AM #

    I just finished. Now I have to clean up this mess.

  3. DPunch December 18, 2009 at 9:28 PM #

    This is the most beautiful manifesto I’ve ever read. Marx and the Unabomber just got punked!

    Hope you don’t mind that I posted your words as a special page on my blog.

    • DPunch December 18, 2009 at 9:29 PM #

      Shit, I mean “This is the most beautiful manifesto I’ve ever READ.”

      • StickeeNotes December 18, 2009 at 10:05 PM #

        Are you crazy? I’m honored.

        And of course that’s what you meant, because that’s what you typed.

        (editing a comment after the fact is fun .. I was tempted to put “P.S> you have a sweet ass” but I want to save that for a special occasion.)


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