[ExI] General comment about all this quasi-libertarianism discussion

Damien Sullivan phoenix at ugcs.caltech.edu
Tue Mar 1 19:15:28 UTC 2011

On Tue, Mar 01, 2011 at 07:55:39AM -0700, Kelly Anderson wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 12:21 AM, F. C. Moulton <moulton at moulton.com> wrote:
> > Just because the early USA might not have been as bad as some other
> > countries does not mean that the early USA was libertarian.
> What other country/region/time more closely approximates libertarian
> ideals then?

19th century Britain has been nominated.  Especially in the first half.

Depends what one looks at, too.  In terms of individual freedom to be
oneself, the most libertarian time is probably the present in various
Western countries.  In terms of economic freedom to start businesses or
move labor without regulation... yeah, 19th century America and Britain.

-xx- Damien X-) 

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