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A critically thinking curmudgeon whose goal, in addition to creatively venting about the imperfect world in which we live, is to induce critical thinking in others. The ultimate goal is to help bring about a peaceful world in which we can all live in freedom.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Pro: They're Antiwar; Con: They Don't Know Squat About Libertarianism

This entry on the blog from last week about a Michigan man fired by WalMart for using medical marijuana to treat his nasal cancer is a must-read, particularly the responses from readers. I say “must-read” because the article and the responses show, as well as any other example I can point to, the width and breadth of the absolutely medieval ignorance of libertarianism so rampant among people who claim to hold it as their guiding philosophy, but who in reality don't have a clue what that philosophy is. The responses from the readership, in particular, show just how deeply entrenched the entitlement mentality is across all segments of our society. As I mention in the post I made in an attempt to correct misconceptions (as usual, an exercise in sheer futility), I don't know what on earth this topic has to do with that site's purpose, but let's get one thing straight: Walmart is not the problem. It is the government so beloved by so many, even many who claim to be “libertarians,” government that interferes constantly in a free market that can include medicine just as it can anything else, that is the problem.

If anyone else out their can make that point any clearer than I can to AWC's regular readers, feel free to give it a try. If you succeed, you're a better person than I can ever hope to be.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing new there, Liberanter, when it comes to the sort of mentality experienced over at as opposed to the same sort of mindless automatons at FreeRepublic etc. etc. Many seem to have the right heart but still don't mind big government "giving it" to their imaginary enemies fast and HARD just so long as they get their share of stolen entitlements with a slower, gentler, "screwing".

10:19 PM, April 13, 2010  

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