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What liberty in libertarianism?

October 30, 2013

When I was young, those who styled themselves libertarian were largely concerned with core issues of personal liberty. They would view politicians such as Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli as a political nemesis. He wants to keep gays from getting married, to make it harder for people to divorce, to restrict sexual and reproductive liberty, and to take a hard line on immigration. From a personal liberty perspective, he falls on the authoritarian side of most of the liberty issues of recent years. So why does he earn endorsements from Ron Paul the father and Rand Paul the son, on alleged libertarian grounds? Well, he opposes Obamacare. In Ron Paul’s world, freedom is all about suffering the consequences of not buying health insurance. The freedom of whom to marry and when to divorce and where to live? Not so much.

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