[ExI] Call To Libertarians

Darren Greer darren.greer3 at gmail.com
Sat Feb 19 11:37:03 UTC 2011

Thanks for you responses. Special thanks to Fred for the run-down and the
links. I will read them carefully. The Somalia remark is exactly the type of
over-simplification that I've been dealing with in the other discussion. One
guy said libertarians were people who read Ayn Rand as a teenager and grew
up to be self-centered jerks. But even a quick survey of it on the 'net
revealed to me that it is a diverse, coherent and extensive set of beliefs,
philosophies and principles that cannot easily be dismissed with a simple
one-liner. The older I get the less likely I am to denigrate something
because I disagree with it. First I'll try to understand it, and then maybe
I'll come up with a one-liner. :)


On Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 8:00 PM, Darren Greer <darren.greer3 at gmail.com>wrote:

> 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
> --
> *There is no history, only biography.*
> *
> *
> *-Ralph Waldo Emerson
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*There is no history, only biography.*
*-Ralph Waldo Emerson
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