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Libertarianism in Europe:

Delles: And it's socialism versus liberalism over here.
This seems to be my impression. It reminds me of how people were generally pretty open to the EU's earlier socialist efforts (pool western Europe's resources for its own benefit, ) but then when the EU started pushing neoliberalism (enlarge into part of the 3rd world, drop trade barriers for the rest of it) then their referenda began getting blown to pieces in the polls. Hopefully government bureaucrats will stop listening to neoliberal economists before everything goes to hell.

Eric,

[up]...Those neoliberal ideas are actually good ideas, though.
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No, those are awful, horrible ideas, since they would result in Europe turning into a 3rd world hellhole, also destroying any chance surrounding 3rd world nations have of benefiting from their prosperity and stability to get a leg up in the future.

Eric,

No, because as any economist can tell you, trade barriers are bad.
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 30 Caissas Death Angel, Thu, 2nd Jun '11 11:41:16 AM from Dumfries, SW Scotland Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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Agreed, trade restrictions are a massive impairment to the world economies, forcing smaller countries to produce the few things they're allowed to sell to bigger ones. Remove the barriers, increase the choice, improve the world.
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That's exactly backward, since free trade has devastated the economic diversity of the 3rd world, unrestrained market forces bending them into single-industry economies that are extremely vulnerable to the price volatility of the few things they make, and giving foreign industrialists carte blanche to plunder natural resources without legal restraint. Protectionism benefits everyone, we have laws for a reason, failing to apply them beyond our borders is hypocritical and immoral.

At the risk of further derail, let's just say that too much freedom can be a bad thing.

Eric,

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Protectionism benefits everyone

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I demand a quote from an economist supporting this.
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 33 secretist, Thu, 2nd Jun '11 12:49:44 PM from Ame no Kisaki
Euro Free State Project Facebook Facebook / Euro Tea Party Facebook / Euro Libertarian Students Facebook / Summit Yes, there are Libertarians in Europe. List Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, etc. have libertarian parties.

Euroscepticism can go with it, but it's all over the spectrum.

edited 2nd Jun '11 12:51:44 PM by secretist

 34 Deboss, Thu, 2nd Jun '11 1:11:01 PM from Awesomeville Texas
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free trade has devastated the economic diversity of the 3rd world

No, protectionist 1st world programs (like agricultural subsidies) and kleptocratic 3rd world leaders are to blame for that.
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[up][up][up]The Polish one is not really libertarian. It's mostly conservative or conservative liberal but it has a few libertarian members. Many libertarian disagree with it though for ideological reasons (i.e. the party's association with nationalist and christian traditionalist organization)
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[up][up] Not entirely. "Free" trade can also mean that countries that can afford to produce something at a lower cost (say China and rice production) can undermine home produced items and cost a wide section of the population employment. At least I assume thats how it would work.

 38 Caissas Death Angel, Thu, 2nd Jun '11 4:08:27 PM from Dumfries, SW Scotland Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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[up] Sometimes, but lets face it, way of the world is that the bigger fish in the international trade market will rig the regulations in their own favour. Such as by getting great economies of scale by forcing a smaller country to focus its export efforts almost entirely on a single product, so it can be imported en masse cheaply.

French agricultural subsidies are a fantastic example of pointless, needless 1st World greed fucking over even other 1st world nations (they're the reason the European Common Agrigultural Policy is such a farce; France doesn't want to piss off its farmers, and its farmers aren't prepared to give up their lucrative subsidies for anything/one).
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 39 Best Of, Thu, 2nd Jun '11 4:18:33 PM from Finland Relationship Status: Falling within your bell curve
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No, protectionist 1st world programs (like agricultural subsidies) and kleptocratic 3rd world leaders are to blame for [third-world poverty].

Hear, hear!

Though I'd like to add that kleptocratic 1st-world leaders are also at fault.
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[up]Of course. But again, theft is not free market. It's against property so it's pretty much anti-market
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 41 secretist, Fri, 3rd Jun '11 11:34:19 AM from Ame no Kisaki
The VAT tax is back door protectionism put into it. When things get imported they add a hefty tariffs to balance out the fact that a VAT wasn't placed on it in every step of production. Citizen of their countries get rebates to negate the VAT. CL

edited 3rd Jun '11 11:35:35 AM by secretist

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