Friday, February 10, 2012

Challenges to libertarianism
Taking a break from election theatre, state-bashing and Ron Paul worship to hear out some smart arguments; I don’t claim to know the answers.
  • Unlikely argument for integrism/traddie theocracy. My stab at an answer: religious freedom is right because although error in itself has no rights, people do (thanks, Jim C.); an atmosphere of freedom (separation of church and state) is best for the church, per Murray (that’s right, on paper Vatican II’s right*), as the church (apostolic, infallible), not the ultimate chaos/atomization/self-destruction in Protestantism. (In libertarianism, the so-cons such as Catholics can’t tell the so-libs what to do as long as the so-libs don’t overthrow the right order of things by trying to order the so-cons around. Hard as most so-libs are self-righteous.) *But in practice a disaster so Catholics are better off ignoring it.
  • Are right-libertarians sawing off the branch they’re sitting on? Via man of the left Arturo: The recent ongoing spat between Joe Carter of First Things and The Front Porch Republic reveals a good deal about a certain kind of Free Market radical conservatism, which whines consistently about the slow death of art, music, literature and traditional mores, yet cannot abide the thought of solutions that may infringe upon bourgeois property rights, i.e., “economic liberty” or likely, plain ol’ “liberty”.
  • Mark in Spokane (libertarianism’s great about rights but what about duties?): Does a conservative have to be a reactionary? Burke said no.

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