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Libertarian growing pains 

20 Feb

Reposted from Facebook 
Recently, I have seen a kind of pretend, lopsided libertarianism emerging. This false “libertarianism” attempts to present freedom without responsibility. Unlike true libertarianism, this false pretender is basically a combination of welfarism, hedonism, and irresponsibility.
I do not support that kind of lopsided libertarianism. I do not support a “libertarianism” that says “We can get rid of drug laws, but not welfare.” I do not support the “libertarianism” that says, “People should be free to make their own decisions, but when those decisions go predictably wrong, taxpayers must suffer.”
I do not support the kind of “libertarianism” that realizes that people have the right to do whatever they want medically to their own bodies, but then insists that taxpayers must pay for it. I do not support the “libertarianism” that sees the importance of open borders, but refuses to easily strip away welfare.
I do not support the lopsided “libertarianism” that realizes that parents have the right to pick schools for their kids – but then insists that others provide the funding.
I do not support the false “libertarianism” that recognizes the right to have children, but not the responsibility to financially support them.
Libertarianism is not welfarism plus hedonism. It is not welfarism plus irresponsibility. It is not welfarism at all.
Libertarianism is freedom and responsibility. It is the pursuit of happiness and the pursuit of excellence.
Libertarianism is the right to start a business without government oversight, and get the rewards of success – but also to pay the losses.
Libertarianism is the right to use any drugs you want – but also to accept the economic consequences of lower employability. It is the right to choose your child’s education, and the responsibility to pay for it.
The coming years can become increasingly Libertarian, if we embrace complete Libertarianism. People won’t tolerate the lopsided “libertarianism” that increases freedom of enjoyment while expanding the welfare state. They won’t support the kind of pretend “libertarianism” that just combines welfarism with consequence-free irresponsibility. 
At least, I won’t.
In Liberty,
Arvin Vohra

Vice Chair

Libertarian Party

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