Ranting, Whining Libertarians?

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Many libertarians rant, whine, and complain all the time, to as many people as possible, in as many media as possible. Sure, a lot of us do that, myself included. And while it may seem to non-libertarians/statists that we overdo it by turning every issue into a giant state-supported calamity, look at it this way: name something that governments have left alone. We have the big, obvious libertarian issues: war, debt, inflation, war on drugs/poverty/guns, taxes, health care, education.

Yet it does not end there. Communications, roads, marriage, law, courts, housing codes, construction codes, zoning, advertising, medicine, toilet flushing, gambling, sex-for-money, adoption, organ transfers, and even “free” speech—it’s all regulated. And then there are occupational licenses. If you want to cut hair or trim nails, chances are you have to take courses and obtain a license before allowed to voluntarily offer a service. Think you can build a pool in your backyard, or perhaps a fence? Hah!

The way I see it, it’s up to the statists to complain when we ask for freedom; it’s up to them to justify their views.

And that’s my libertarian complaint of the day. Respect our legitimate property.

2:19 pm on January 3, 2010