Re: Free Trade vs Protectionism
What was excellent about the post? What about the interaction with the Natives? Why are you looking backward rather than forward?
Originally Posted by USCitizen
What about the interaction with the Romans or Greeks or Persians or Indians or Visigoths or Barbarians or Biblical tribes, etc? If you want to speculate that history would be different if we had a Libertarian society X number of years ago, I will concede the point. The question for me is not the abstract possible benefits of unintended consequences of a non-Libertarian society. You may recall I've written that being a slave is very safe, i.e., a benefit; although a benefit most people would probably decline. The question is moving forward, the obvious direct benefits of a society where voluntary exchange is maximized and coercion is minimized.
There is a double standard to support a women's right to choose (abortion) but deny so many other choices to everyone. Libertarianism is pro choice on everything, philosophically consistent and I believe the most moral and compassionate system possible (as the burden of government on the little guy is least).
"No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles."
-- Patrick Henry