You Might Be a Libertarian if…

1) You believe that you own yourself. Wait, what?!  Who else would own you?  Or the product of your labor?  Well, another person might own you and your labor (that’s called slavery), everyone might own you and your labor (AKA socialism), or YOU could own you and your labor.  Let’s call this idea of self-sovereignty “natural law”.  Which makes the most sense to you?

2) Taxes make you angry. Ok, I’m sure most people don’t appreciate paying taxes, but let’s examine this a little further.  A fancy, yet accurate, description of taxes is state-sanctioned theft.  If the local thug comes and beats you unless you give him 30% of your income, we can generally agree that an injustice has been done.  By the same token, you get thrown in jail if the state doesn’t get its cut of your earnings.  In the second case, however, there is no outcry because everyone has been conditioned to believe that the government is entitled to your money.

3) Warfare is not a last resort, but a racket. Stick with me here.  It’s nice to believe that war is waged in defense of life or property, but that hasn’t really been the case.  In most cases, the outcome of war is destruction of MORE lives and property.  I fail to see what the benefit is here (unless you’re a ‘defense’ contractor).

4) You recognize that redistribution of wealth is not charity. I’m going to borrow a quote from Penn Jillette here: “It’s amazing to me how many people think that voting to have the government give poor people money is compassion. Helping poor and suffering people yourself is compassion. People need to be fed, medicated, educated, clothed, and sheltered. If we’re compassionate, we’ll help them, but you get no moral credit for forcing other people to do what you think is right. There is great joy in helping people, but no joy in doing it at gunpoint.”

5) You appreciate consistency. Democrats typically recognize ownership of your body*, but not of your property.  Republicans prefer to let you keep (more of) your property, but dictate what you can do with your self.  Libertarianism recognizes that individuals will make different choices, and one person is not fit to dictate what is proper for another.  It is consistent in that a libertarian society would recognize an individual’s ownership of himself and his property.

 

*Many Democrats are pro-choice.  I am not.  An article regarding abortion & libertarianism is forthcoming!

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