10-Libertarianism Lecture

10-Libertarianism Lecture - Libertarianism...

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Libertarianism Professor Edward Song HNRS Lecture: Tuesday 9/21/10 1. Libertarianism and Contemporary Politics Libertarianism —An extreme laissez-faire political philosophy advocating only minimal  state intervention in the lives of citizens. The adherents of libertarianism believe that private morality is   not the  state's affair  and that therefore activities such as drug use and prostitution,  which arguably  harm no one but the participants, should not be illegal.   Libertarianism shares elements with anarchism, although it is generally  associated more with the political right (chiefly in the U.S.).  Unlike traditional liberalism, however, libertarianism lacks a concern with  social justice. Tea Party Patriots Fiscal Responsibility o Fiscal Responsibility by government honors and respects the freedom  of the individual to spend the money that is the fruit of their own labor.  o A   constitutionally   limited   government,   designed   to   protect   the  blessings of liberty, must be fiscally responsible or it must subject its  citizenry to high levels of taxation that unjustly restrict the liberty our  Constitution was designed to protect. Constitutionally Limited Government:   o We   are   inspired   by   our   founding   documents   and   regard   the  Constitution of the United States to be the supreme law of the land.  o We   believe   that  it  is   possible   to   know   the   original  intent   of   the 
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