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- Jul 13, 2000
- It's Inside A Black Hole
Well, being far-right on economic issues is part of the definition of being libertarian. Libertarians in the US are historically more liberal on social issues, though "liberty" has been used to justify a bunch of different positions of social issues lately.
Far Left Anarchists would have the same view as the Far Right Libertarians in terms of administering social safety nets. They wouldn't want it.
It's not really a Left/Right issue that I can see. It's a different axis.
Up/Down. Libertarian vs Authoritarian. More Government vs Less.
The more severe the Libertarian argument, the less government involvement (in general) thus naturally it would appear to be a more 'Right' argument in our current political climate in the U.S. But the fact is, you could be a Left Libertarian and not think the Feds should administer those social safety nets.
So the economic argument really IS the Libertarian/Authoritarian argument.
Literally putting your money where your mouth is, in terms of Govt intrusion.
And if you prefer a more Libertarian stance, you are just as capable of being
Leftist (and all that umbrella term might entail) as you are a Rightist.
To make this as simple as possible, Right or Left Libertarians (and admittedly Left Libertarians are a rare breed, especially in America), value the individual over the collective. Where the American breed is - the Ron Paul variety - is that the argument is more Federalist. Where it's all about the 10th amendment. And is really...a little farcical. Embodied by Mitt Romney's farce of an argument about health care. It's okay for the state to intrude but not the Feds. Ron Paul, more or less, says the same thing - cloaked by the Constitution. So I think Paul's representation of Libertarianism (while popular and thus represents the popular view) is a little distorted by being so Rightist.
In other words, it's the strict fundamentalist 'Constitutionalism' (in America) that really pushes our understandings of Libertarians as Righties. And that is accurate in and of itself but doesn't represent Libertarianism itself to my eyes.
At least that's how I see it...if I made any sense.