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What is libertarianism Libertarians want a win-win world of peace and plenty And we believe that the only way to get it is through self-government not others-government Self-government is the combination of personal responsibility and tolerance Responsibility means you govern yourself Tolerance means you dont force your values on peaceful honest people Today however others-government is giving us insecurity conflict and poverty Lets revitalize our heritage of self-government to create a win-win world where everyone comes out ahead STRATEGIES FOR ARGUMENT Many libertarian arguments are like fundamentalist arguments they depend upon restricting your attention to a very narrow field so that you will not notice that they fail outside of that field For example fundamentalists like to restrict the argument to the bible Libertarians like to restrict the argument to their notions of economics justice history and rights and their misrepresentations of government and contracts Widen the scope and their questionable assumptions leap into view Why should I accept that right as a given Is that a fact around the world not just in the US Are there counter examples for that idea Are libertarians serving their own class interest only Is that economic argument complete or are there other critical factors or strategies which have been omitted When they make a historical argument can we find current real-world counterexamples If we adopt this libertarian policy there will be benefits but what will the disadvantages be Are libertarians reinventing what we already have only without safeguards There are some common counterarguments for which libertarians have excellent rebuttals Arguments that government is the best or only way to do something may fail there are many examples of many government functions being performed privately Some of them are quite surprising Arguments based on getting any services free from government will fail all government services cost money that comes from somewhere Arguments that we have a free market are patently untrue there
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