THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 189, September 9, 2002

9/11 "RELIEF" ISSUE!

Is There Too Great a Price to Pay for Freedom?
by S. Douglas Heard
doug@stone-soup.com

Special to TLE

The question each of us must ask ourselves before we get too far into the freedom vs. the state argument is: Is there any price that is too great to pay for freedom?

Not saying any of the following would or even might happen.

  • If the price of freedom in the US were 1,000,000 people a year killed by guns, would that be too high a price?

  • If the price of freedom in the US were that the average life expectancy would drop to 30 because of violent death, would that be too high a price?

  • If the price of freedom in the US were that the standard of living would drop to the level of subsistence farming, would that be too high a price?

  • If the price of freedom in the US was that the quality of medicine would drop to a mid 19th century level, would that be too high a price?

You get the idea. If you think that the possibility of any of those things happening is a better alternative than lack of freedom then you are a hard-core libertarian. If you think that those possibilities are a little too severe to trade for freedom then you might be a member of the Libertarian Party.

Think about the above questions and decide if you are a libertarian or a member of the Libertarian Party. If you believe that there is no social ill that justifies a lack of freedom then you are a libertarian, if on the other hand you believe that there are some (you choose which) social ills that justify government killing itís citizens to prevent then you are a member of the Libertarian Party at best and possibly even a Republicrat.

Something to think about.


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