[ExI] Call To Libertarians

Giulio Prisco giulio at gmail.com
Sat Feb 19 07:47:28 UTC 2011

Hi Darren,

I am a big sympathizer of many libertarian ideas but I don't usually
call myself a libertarian, and when I do I call myself a left
libertarian, in the sense that I want the government out of my living
room but I see nothing wrong if the government builds hospitals and

I am definitely _not_ a right winger. I can consider myself as a
(_non_ rabid) anarchist who sees a small government (in the sense of a
small management committee and not in the sense of a big dictatorship)
as a necessary evil and a practical necessity in today's world.

I guess the history of the development of the Internet shows the
advantages of this approach. Public funding has been used at the
beginning, but then there has been an exponential acceleration due to
the absence of regulations and low entry barriers, which have
permitted individual and small teams to participate in the
development. The creativity of small spontaneous teams is always
orders of magnitude higher than 9-to-5 workers in large companies.

2011/2/19 Darren Greer <darren.greer3 at gmail.com>:
> I understand there are some libertarians in this group.
> I am currently embroiled in an e-mail discussion where I find myself in a
> rather unique (for me) position of defending free markets and smaller
> government. I am a Canadian, and a proponent of socialized democracy.
> However, I'm not naive enough to think that full-stop socialization is a
> good idea. We tried that once, in the Soviet Union, and it didn't work so
> well. I recognize the need for competition to drive development and promote
> innovation.
> So, being a fan of balance, I'm trying to come up with some arguments that a
> libertarian might give while explaining why that system of  could benefit
> mankind, especially in relation to the development of technology and the
> philosophies of transhumanism.
> Problem is, I'm not very good at it. Anyone wanna give my their opinions on
> this? I will not plagiarize you. I've already stated in this discussion that
> I will ask some people and get back to them. It's not necessary that I win
> the argument, but I do think that my beliefs and preferences are simply
> points of view, and no better (nor worse) than those of others. This may be
> the point that I'm trying to make -- that libertarians are not by definition
> inarticulate right wingers or rabid anarchists, which seems to be the point
> of view of this group I'm talking with.
> Darren
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