Conservatism vs. Libertarianism

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I’m a conservative. I believe in individual liberty, free markets, private property, and limited government, except for:

  1. Social Security;
  2. Medicare;
  3. Medicaid;
  4. Welfare;
  5. Drug laws;
  6. Public schooling;
  7. Federal grants;
  8. Economic regulations;
  9. Minimum-wage laws and price controls;
  10. Federal Reserve System;
  11. Paper money;
  12. Income taxation and the IRS;
  13. Trade restrictions;
  14. Immigration controls;
  15. Foreign aid;
  16. Foreign wars of aggression;
  17. Foreign occupations;
  18. An overseas military empire;
  19. A standing army and a military industrial complex;
  20. Infringements on civil liberties;
  21. Military detentions and denial of due process and jury trials for citizens and non-citizens accused of crimes;
  22. Torture and sex abuse of prisoners;
  23. Secret kidnappings and u201Crenditionsu201D to brutal foreign regimes for purposes of torture;
  24. Secret torture centers around the world;
  25. Secret courts and secret judicial proceedings;
  26. Warrantless wiretapping of citizens and non-citizens;
  27. Violations of the Constitution and Bill of Rights for purposes of u201Cnational securityu201D;
  28. Out-of-control federal spending to pay for all this.

The Libertarian:

I’m a libertarian. I believe in individual liberty, free markets, private property, and limited government. Period. No exceptions.

April 13, 2006

Jacob Hornberger [send him mail] is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation.

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