[ExI] what the hell was i thinking?

Dan TheBookMan danust2012 at gmail.com
Thu Mar 14 16:41:24 UTC 2019

On Mar 14, 2019, at 9:15 AM, <spike at rainier66.com> <spike at rainier66.com> wrote:
> This is, in my view, the message of libertarianism: support authority but watch them closely. 

That view of libertarianism is diametrically opposed to libertarianism. Libertarianism, in terms of authority, is the view that no one should have authority over anyone else. (In the case of the police, abolition seems the appropriate libertarian response. Self-identified libertarians who scoff at this are almost certainly not libertarians but simply conservatives posing as libertarians.) And the best defense against the excesses and abuses of any authority is simply not to ever grant authority (over oneself and over others) in the first place. Failing that — because most folks don’t want to take such a bold stance — one shouldn’t be so naive as to believe that various authority-approved watchdog measures will somehow work well to curb arbitrary power.   


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