Monday, April 8, 2013

Libertariniasm in a nutshell

State Rep. Mike Reynolds (R) – Oklahoma City responded to the suggestion that the legislature do something about education with this message:

It is not our job to see that anyone gets an education. It is not the responsibility of me, you, or any constituent in my district to pay for his or any other persons education. Their GPA, ACT ASAB, determination have nothing to do with who is responsible. Their potential to benefit society is irrelevant.

Here we have the perfect example of the libertarian line, and the perfect exposition of it as a religious and moral position rather than a rational or pragmatic one. Read the last line again and again, until you understand the deontological morality behind it. Note how purity is more important than consequences.

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