Re : Libertarian viewpoint on "The new war"?

From: Joao Pedro de Magalhaes (
Date: Mon Sep 17 2001 - 06:35:38 MDT


Sorry if someone asked this before but I was on vacation and only re-joined
the list yesterday.

What is the libertarian viewpoint on the anti-terrorist war in the US? For
example, do you think the invasion of privacy ought to be allowed if it
brings benefits in the fight against terrorism? (Examples range from
listening to private phone calls and intercepting e-mails to the, already in
use, X-rays of personal luggage at airports.) I know libertarians defend the
right to buy firearms. But how do you feel about the right to buy
explosives? For example, I read that in the US you must ask the FBI for
authorization before you can buy certain nitrates for agriculture because
they can also be used to make bombs. Do you agree with this procedure or do
you think the government should not interfere?


Joao Pedro de Magalhaes
The University of Namur (FUNDP)
Unit of Cellular Biochemistry & Biology (URBC)
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