Stereotypes associated with Libertarianism and Ron Paul:

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I'd rather have slight oppression, in the form of rule of law, taxes, and zoning, for instance, if it meant that I would be able to live comfortably without fear of someone knocking down my house while I'm gone, for instance.
It's all about compromise. It's better to live under the rule of slight oppression then constant anarchy.
Right-wing Libertarianism assumes (correctly, but too broadly) that poverty is not always the fault of the people with money, however.
Most libertarians I've met assume that the rich work hard for their money, and that the poor do not. It's mostly rooted in simply not knowing that hard work does not translate to riches, or not recognising the implied "the poor are lazy".

I've changed my minds about libertarians - a lot of them are progressives who grow up in conservative areas.
This is true for some, but obviously not all, as you pointed out. Some of the few aren't willing to be pushed just that little bit further, though. It's a shame to me, personally speaking.
352 Flyboy7th Jan 2012 09:03:33 PM from the United States
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Most libertarians I've met assume that the rich work hard for their money, and that the poor do not. It's mostly rooted in simply not knowing that hard work does not translate to riches, or not recognising the implied "the poor are lazy".

Well, yes, the incapability of the Libertarian bloc to comprehend that the system isn't perfect, and not everybody (and in fact most people) is just so awesome that they can go from nothing and then end up super-rich.

Not everyone is Gail Wynand.

Also, I'm not sure how this "taxes are oppression" thing works. You like to drive on roads. Government builds roads. You pay taxes, you use the roads. How is this any different from buying something from somebody, except on a large scale?

It becomes oppression when the taxation levied is not used properly. But taxes themselves are not immoral, inherently-speaking.
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I've never quite understood the strict moral argument against taxes. Well, I understand it, I just don't think it's real. As you said, most Libertarians (again, Big L. I should point out that by Big L. I generally mean right-wing libertarians, as opposed to left-wing libertarian anarchists such as Savage) when challenged will say that taxes are ok when it comes to things such as policing. At that point, it stops being a strict moral argument. Taxes are no longer theft.

At that point, it becomes a utilitarian argument. Which is fine. Different people can have different opinions on what is best from a utilitarian standpoint. But it's no longer a moralistic based ideology. The clear, clean absolutes are now broken.
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I think taxes are necessary, but too high, mostly due to spending them on unnecessary things.
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Well, what exactly would not be "too high"? People will always say that...
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Actually, more importantly, what are the unnecessary things? What are the ramifications of cutting those unnecessary things and do you have ways to mitigate said ramifications?
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^^Well, I'm of the opinion that there are certain things that the US has been spending lots of money on that it shouldn't have been spending lots of money on, such as going to war with Iraq because...well, just because. The US accomplished absolutely nothing over there but destabilizing the region, and it cost a lot of money.

Another's the postal service. It's redundant with several private companies that do a better job, sometimes for less money.

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edited 7th Jan '12 9:30:49 PM by INUH

358 Flyboy7th Jan 2012 09:29:08 PM from the United States
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I've always wondered how much money we may save if we did what factories and such did back at the turn of the century, where they hired engineers and scientists to come in, time how long it took people to do things and why it took them that long to do it, and then figure out what they'd have to do to do it faster but without fucking up the process or lowering quality...
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[up][up]And if you do away with those (which won't happen, realistically), then you still can't lower taxes, because then at best you have removed the necessity of going ever deeper into debt. At best.
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Ok, the postal service. That's a good one.

The ramifications of that, is that a lot of rural customers will have no mail delivery options because it's very likely that it'll never be economically profitable to serve those customers. Is this something that we as a society can live with? What about these people if that something that caused significant negative effects on them? (Speaking for myself I really couldn't care less about local delivery, either to a home or a local P.O. Box)

Edit;I should add that my "solution" to that is paid relocation to non-rural (I.E. high-density) population centers. But you might not like that solution.

[up][up]As someone who has actually done that sort of thing (unpaid, unrewarded and resulted in me basically losing my job because of it), it's very difficult to do that sort of thing in any situation where you're dealing with an outside factor..like a customer or a client. You can find ways to make it more "efficient", but it's never a one-size fits all type thing.

For what it's worth most governmental agencies I've had experience with have already done all that stuff. Most places have.

That stone, the blood is gone from it. (For what it's worth, that blood is the fuel for the current economic doldrums, but lets not go too far OT for that)

edited 7th Jan '12 9:37:40 PM by Karmakin

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361 Flyboy7th Jan 2012 09:35:06 PM from the United States
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I'm fairly sure we'll end up doing away with the Postal Service soon enough anyhow, due to technological progression, so I'm not hugely worried about that getting privatized because guess what: the private fools are sort of fucked, too.

Granted, there's always packages and such, but...

Edit: Actually...

The Postal Service might just get revived soon by the online stores, if they manage to overtake brick-and-mortar conventional shopping. So maybe I should be more concerned...

edited 7th Jan '12 11:19:13 PM by Flyboy

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362 AceofSpades7th Jan 2012 11:13:24 PM from The Wild Blue Yonder , Relationship Status: Yes, I'm alone, but I'm alone and free
I don't live in a rural area, but I have no intention of ever using a private mail service when the regular Postal Service works just fine. The rates are reasonable, and I trust them more than I'd trust something like Fed Ex. And it employs people; cut out that and suddenly you have a lot of people out of jobs that won't necessarily be able to get jobs in the private services.

Think of something better to cut. Like the military.
Well, yes, the incapability of the Libertarian bloc to comprehend that the system isn't perfect, and not everybody (and in fact most people) is just so awesome that they can go from nothing and then end up super-rich.
Blah blah blah Just World blah blah.
Also, I'm not sure how this "taxes are oppression" thing works. You like to drive on roads. Government builds roads. You pay taxes, you use the roads. How is this any different from buying something from somebody, except on a large scale?
The idea is that they have no choice to "opt-out" of the system, thus that they are forced to pay into a system that they may wish to have no part it. It's an argument familiar to some from the healthcare debate; they fail to realise the fact that it's largely cutting off your nose to spite your face.
Another's the postal service. It's redundant with several private companies that do a better job, sometimes for less money.
Do they do better because they are inherently better, or are they kept good due to competition from the public sector? I admit that I have no idea.

I do think that rural customers will get shafted, since it will generally be a loss to expand your postal service beyond areas with a dense concentration of people. Of course, "getting shafted" is all a part of the private sector experience.
364 Flyboy8th Jan 2012 12:42:44 AM from the United States
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Blah blah blah Just World blah blah.

...?

The idea is that they have no choice to "opt-out" of the system, thus that they are forced to pay into a system that they may wish to have no part it. It's an argument familiar to some from the healthcare debate; they fail to realise the fact that it's largely cutting off your nose to spite your face.

Yes, but that argument is stupid. Nobody in the Libertarian bloc complains when the government spends money on the military so nobody invades their asses, but god help us if we want the government to spend money on roads or people's healthcare, because then we're STEALING!
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365 Deboss8th Jan 2012 04:05:45 AM from Awesomeville Texas
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Just World is an assumption that "if the world were just, [X] would be true". Since the world is not a just place, there's little point in using morals to justify things, since force uses it just as well.

Nobody in the Libertarian bloc complains when the government spends money on the military so nobody invades their asses, but god help us if we want the government to spend money on roads or people's healthcare, because then we're STEALING!

You're lumping in something that has to be provided for a territory with something that can be applied as an "at use" type of thing.
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Like I said, at that point it's not stealing here or there. It's strictly a utilitarian argument, not a moralistic argument, so you should keep your arguments among those lines.

So the question is why are public roads a bad idea?
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367 Flyboy8th Jan 2012 09:32:58 AM from the United States
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Karmakin, it's only a utilitarian argument if you're logical enough to realize that the moralistic argument is retarded. tongue

And, probably because "the private sector does it better" is the universal, biblical truth to Libertarians...
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368 Deboss8th Jan 2012 05:14:39 PM from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
I'm not sure why people think utilitarian arguments have nothing to do with moral arguments. They start off with "this is good" and work their way out to the actual event.
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