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Offline QuantumG

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Libertarian Thoughts
« on: September 24, 2011, 11:02:01 PM »
Hello, this is my greeting message.

As long as I can remember I have been a Libertarian, but I only learned the term after leaving high school some 16 years ago.  Over those years I've fluctuated between strong beliefs in minimal government (protection of individual rights, specifically from aggression, theft, breach of contract, and fraud) and panarchism (as honestly, I still can't fathom the moral justification for non-voluntary taxes).  Economically, I'm a laissez-faire capitalist and reject all notions of "equality" that deal with outcomes instead of rights - equal protection under the law, yes, equal access to education/health care/sports cars, no.

I also happen to be a giant space nerd and think 50 years of government intervention in this area of the economy demonstrates exactly how horrible government intervention can be. Many people today see human spaceflight as uneconomical and capable of providing only intangible benefits, if any at all. As such, they scoff at the notion of commercial human spaceflight. I say, they have cause and effect mixed up. Yes, human spaceflight is those things, but it's because governments do it that it is such. Had space (both human and robotic/communications) developed under market forces, or if the government of today would just get out of the way for long enough, the way we think about human spaceflight would be entirely different.. I could go on.

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Re: Libertarian Thoughts
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2011, 11:21:35 PM »
Welcome to the forum QuantumG. We have a strong libertarian streak here as well, and we even have our own resident space geek, with whom I'm sure you'll have interesting conversations if you hang around long/often enough.

Take a look around, and let someone know if you need any assistance.
"A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high duties of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation. To lose our country by a scrupulous adherence to written law, would be to lose the law itself, with life, liberty, property and all those who are enjoying them with us; thus absurdly sacrificing the end to the means."

- Thomas Jefferson

Offline rickl

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Re: Libertarian Thoughts
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2011, 11:46:46 PM »
Hey, thanks for dropping by.  I've also linked your video at the Market Ticker Forum, although I think that is a members-only part of that site.  So far it's gotten over 50 views.
We are so far past and beyond the “long train of abuses and usurpations” that the Colonists and Founders experienced and which necessitated the Revolutionary War that they aren’t even visible in the rear-view mirror.
~ Ann Barnhardt