I’m just going to start this post by laying out what I believe libertarianism is from actual Libertarians that I respect. Even though I’m not a Libertarian myself and tend to disagree with Libertarians especially when it comes to economic and foreign policy. Even though I tend to agree with them on social issues.
Basically a Libertarian to paraphrase economics professor Walter E. Williams who I believe is now at George Mason University, is someone who believes in complete property rights as well as the right to privacy. That property rights extend to one’s own body and life and what they do with themselves and their own lives is their own business. As long as they aren’t hurting innocent people with what they are doing. That the money they make is there’s and how they spend their own money and what they do on their own time is their own business. As long as they aren’t hurting any innocent person with their own money and time.
So what people do with their own lives and time is their own business. But where government comes in is how people interact with each other. Someone can own a gun, but they can’t hurt an innocent person with it and certainly not murder anyone with it. To it bluntly a guy could bang a prostitute, but they are not allowed to rape anyone. No one would be allowed to rape anyone in a so-called libertarian society. People can smoke and sell marijuana, but can’t force people to buy, use or sell it themselves.
That is the definition of what I call a classical Libertarian, which are the real Libertarians. They aren’t anti-government, but are certainly anti-big government and want government out of our personal and economic lives. As long as we aren’t hurting innocent people with what we are doing. That government’s job is regulate how people interact with each other, not what we do to ourselves. And the basic reason why I’m a Liberal and not a Libertarian, is because even though we tend to agree On most if not all social issues, we tend to separate when it comes to economic and foreign policy.
And I do believe in limited government when it comes to economic and foreign policy as well. But I do not believe that the Federal Government should just be limited to a Department of State, Department of Defense, Department of Treasury and perhaps a few others. That the Federal Government has more constitutional authority and responsibility than that. But it should be limited to doing only what the states, localities and people can’t do for themselves.
I could get into the difference between classical Libertarianism and what I call anarcho-Libertarianism. Anarcho-Libertarianism basically believe in a form of anarchism. But that is really for another blog, this what just about countering what Derek Hunter of Townhall wrote about Libertarianism today. Which was wrong and I instead gave you what it is at least in it’s classical form.