Nuggets of Wisdom

Friday, March 30, 2012

Answering Hate Mail

Here’s a comment I received from my post Your Rights End Where Life Begins:
You are everything that is wrong with America. You confuse our independence from Britain with some weird independence from nearly any sort of government or regulations.
Ah yes, the whole “libertarians hate all government” misconception.

No we don’t. We do believe that some government is necessary in order to protect our individual rights. That’s the whole reason why we have government in the first place. (Just check the Declaration of Independence!) The problem is when government oversteps its Constitutional boundaries, which has been the case for the past decade.

Speaking of which:
You cry about "Constitutional rights" all the time even when there is clearly no violation of them to any level-headed person.
Patriot Act. Enemy Expatriation Act. Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012. Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011. Stop Online Piracy Act. Protect IP Act. The Individual Mandate within the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Waterboarding and other “enhanced interrogation techniques.” Targeted assasinations. Body scanners and invasive pat down procedures. Drug prohibition. The many acts of police brutality.

I could go on, but I’ll simply link to the Washington Post article 10 reasons the U.S. is no longer the land of the free.
You don't realize, or perhaps don't even care, how oppressive businesses would be without government regulation, and how it would put our minorities back to the bottom of the hierarchical racial tree they were at prior to the Civil Rights movement.
Again, libertarians like myself are not against all government, including government regulation. Yes, capitalism—even laissez-faire capitalism—requires some regulation to prevent businesses from infringing upon individual rights. The problem is that, contrary to popular misconception, we have too much regulation, and it does more harm than good. I could explain right here and now, but I already covered this in a previous essay What Deregulation?

As for the whole “minorities are hurt the most by big business” bit, I’ll share this video by ShaneDK explaining why this isn’t the case: Racism: In Business or Government?
You're so accustomed to the modern world that you assume any sort of regulation is unnecessary and believe in this ancient laissez-faire bullshit that everybody should be on their own, even those who are unfortunate enough to be born into less-than-favorable economical and social conditions.
Not all regulation is unnecessary, but unfortunately, a good chunk of them are. John Stossel actually wrote an excellent piece explaining this: Job Killers.

And yes, I do believe that people should be responsible for their own lives. I don’t see why libtarded moonbats have a problem with personal responsibility. That’s what freedom is all about. You can’t be free to live your own life if you’re dependent upon another. That’s slavery.

As for "people born in less-than-favorable economical and social conditions," the best way to help them is precisely through laissez-faire capitalism. History has shown that when capital increases, so does living standards, and the only economic system capable of doing that is capitalism. How else did America transform from an agrarian society into an industrialized superpower within the past 200 years? Yes, the rich has been getting richer, but so have the poor and middle class. Shikha Dalmia of Reason Magazine explained this in a recent article: Forget About Income Inequality.
And to put the icing on the cake, you won't even grant these unfortunates the dignity of being aborted from this hellish, Industrial Revolution-esque world that uninformed non-thinkers like you actually want made into reality.
Well, if people want to end their own life, they certainly have the freedom to do so. The problem is that suicide, especially assisted suicide, requires consent—something the unborn child is unable to voice, and it would be arrogant for someone else to voice it on their behalf. An abortion isn't suicide, it's homicide.
But then again, maybe I'm expecting too much knowledge from somebody who watches a show for little girls about ponies. I guess I was just thrown off by the whole political blog thing that suggests you're at all in-touch with the real world.