i take offense at your not taking offense at my humor at your expense that you find humorous! lol ;-P
seriously, libertarianism is flawed dude.
and your argument that it hasn't been tried is kind of a no go.
i mean, we haven't tried out sharia law either, and i can find plenty of people who would say it is the answer to all of our problems. ;-P
my personal philosophy on life is more mature than yours.
seriously: it encompasses libertarianism, and extends it. your libertarianism is but a subset of my worldview.
there, now you can accuse me of being an egomaniac. ;-P
libertarianism is reductive, simplistic, fundamentalist, absolutist, utopian, idealistic, naive.
have you ever considered the possibility that some people are so blind to their own selfishness that their personal philosophy becomes a simple extension of that?
of course we are all selfish. but some are selfish with an awareness of self, and some are selfish and are blind to their own selfishness.
such people create suffering.
then the problems of the world is not so much an extension of those who work hard and receive what is rightfully there's versus those who do nothing and expect something for nothing... it becomes an issue of those who say they are priveledged to something and so deserve it, be damned to everyone else.
you condemn such a philosphy on one hand: from the desire of the havenots, and then eventually, you only wind up proposing the same idea from a different direction: from the desire of the haves.
haves and havenots exist in the world. and it is not always equitable how this comes to be. your world philosophy fails to recognize this unfair distribution, and so winds up supporting the haves at the expense of the havenots.
i have no doubt you work hard and deserve much for your efforts. but, in your rush to justify your just deserves, you promote a simplisitc philosphy which preserves the current unfair distribution of weath at the expense of the havenots and the benefit of the haves.
you so cuttingly see how it is unfair for the havenots to get something for nothing, but you fail to see how your philosophy fails to address the haves getting more than they deserve, in progressive accumulation.
so, in the end, your philosphy actually extends to a disavowal of your hard work as the gauge of the meritocracy you profess to promote. your libertarian philosophy actually preserves a world of egalitarian priveledge without reason.
somewhere, out there, is a havenot toiling hard, and not getting as much as they deserve. and your philosophy does not protect them, it protects those who currently benefit from them.
libertarianism provides for no addressing of preexisting inequalities in the world. it ignores them.
you fail to see that. your philosophy is simplistic because it provides for no mechanism to address preexisting inequalities. you doggedly disavow the creation of new inequalities, but you do not address existing inequalities. so your personal philosophy is flawed and simplistic.
you don't have to feel guilty about that if you are an honest person. and i believe you are an honest and sincere person who simply doesn't understand the big picture. so don't feel bad about the failings of your philosophy.
there, now i have patronized you too. ;-P
you should have some more self-awareness of the true nature of how your philosophy actually plays out in the real world, instead of how it plays out in your smaller subset of the real world, or in the real world as you misunderstand it, or in some academic book idealizing some impossible utopia.
remember this exchange:
librtarianism, taken by itself, leads to ruin and folly
Never having been tried, I don't know how you can say this to a certainty.
and know this:
sometime in the past, in tsarist russia, the same exchange took place. just replace the word "communist" for the word "libertarian". ;-)
so the question for you is now: we know how russia paid for flirting with absolutist ideology. how much do you propose we pay for flirting with your absolutist ideology?
all absolutism is bad. from any corner of the room. yours is no better than theres. the middle of the room, keeping both eyes on both corners, is true wisdom.
and that is me, not you.
know that, and grow as a person, and relax your grasp on absolutism.
The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.
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