Monday, April 7, 2014

Is the Case for Liberty Too Extreme?

Dear Bob,

I have a new article on the news and commentary website, "EpicTimes," on "Is the Case for Liberty Too Extreme?"

I argue that often those on the interventionist "left" will accuse advocates of classical liberalism and a free market of being "extremists," who will not "compromise" and accept some "desirable" degree of interference of the government in society for a wider "social good."

Using the issues of smoking and religious freedom, I argue that it is the interventionists who are the extremists who want to use coercion and threatened governmental force to impose their desires and preferences on society.

While it is the classical liberals and free marketeers who are the true "moderates," who see in the market system a social system that allows and encourages a wide diversity and tolerance of views, values and actions among the population -- with only the requirements of the absence of force in human relationships and respect for voluntary choices and mutual agreements among men.


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