Tim Bates on libertarianism (was Re: The FAQ is completed!

Natasha Vita-More (natasha@natasha.cc)
Sat, 20 Feb 1999 23:36:16 -0600

At 05:45 PM 2/21/99 +1100, you wrote:

>He is noting that not being a libertarian means that you believe in using
>force to compel individuals to obey authority: that is the core
>definition of libertarianism: no first-use force, ever.

Well, I think he is wrong to draw this conclusion. Just because I say that I do not align myself with a libertarianism does not mean that I believe in force.

>Do you believe that it is moral to use
>force to achieve political ends?


>To make this concrete, is it transhuman
>to have freedom of choice about paying taxes?

Transhuman is an evolution from human to posthuman. I think what you mean is rather: is it transhumanist to have freedom of choice about paying taxes?

This is a political question and I don't have a freedom about not paying taxes in the country I live in at this particular time.

>Libertarianism is not a party anymore than republicans "are" capitalism.
>Parties are at best imperfect instantiations of a philosophy.

I was referring to the Libertarian Party.