Monday, March 08, 2004

LRC pick
The trouble with left-libertarians
Thank you - this answers common objections from well-meaning religious people right and left to libertarianism, because they think all libertarianism is left-libertarianism. The often Catholic-based one of my virtual mentors here (props to occasional blog contributor Mike Russell for introducing me to them via e-mail about four years ago) says otherwise and helped me make sense of a lot of things for the first time in my life.

There are folk – value-relativists I will term them – who take libertarianism not merely to be a theory of rights; but as itself a being a guide to the good life.

In other words, mistaking this liberty, including religious liberty, for an absolute good rather than a relative one. Reaction to this error was behind the church's historic policies opposing such liberty.

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