Re: Definition of Libertarianism (was: prejudices)

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Wed, 17 Sep 1997 14:33:58 -0700 (PDT)

> With sufficient effort one could probably divert the definition
> to support almost any viewpoint.

Absolutely. But that problem is not unique to libertarians. :)

> But anyway, i have a hard time reconciling the libertarian
> view of little-or-no-government with the need for a system of
> basic laws and enforcement. How does one keep a city safe
> without spending a sizable amount of money on a police force?

You don't. Libertarians probably /would/ spend a large amount
of money on a police force. We'd just spend our own, not yours.
There's nothing magical about "government" that makes it better
at doing the things that people need done, like self-defense,
roads, mail, medicine. Businesses can do those things for a
profit, just like other services--and will do so only when the
people actually want them enough to pay for them voluntarily.

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