What is your favorite kind of libertarianism?

While libertarianism as a political orientation has been healthy and growing in America (unlike in some quarters of Europe where it has been sickly) it is not always clear what people subscribe to when they claim to be a libertarian. This discussion will be about the question: what do you mean, you’re a libertarian? Come and join us and tell us why you are attracted to libertarianism (or why not). Let’s find out how much agreement there is between different libertarians.

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  • Jaime L.

    The fact that everyone should at least understand programming came up at the meeting. This course came highly recommended to me: https://courses.edx.org/courses/HarvardX/CS50x/2012/info

    I do want to take it. Let me know if you are interested.

    May 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Gary Johnson is too honest and too much a whole human being for our political process. He says what I think most of us would say after such an ordeal.
    http://reason.com/blog/2013/05/30/gary-johnson-did-not-seem-to-enjoy-runni

    May 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For those so inclined, I often blog on libertarian oriented topics here: http://thelateenlightenment.blogspot.com

    1 · May 30, 2013

    • Jaime L.

      MC, you need an email subscription option on your site. Or an RSS feed. Or twitter feed...

      May 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      RSS feed should be there. Email is easy enough to include as a gadget. As for Twitter, I don't use the Twitter much but I will if I can get chix(tm) that way.

      May 30, 2013

  • Ulrich

    This was a great discussion. Let's put up another one on a similar topic soon :-)

    May 30, 2013

  • Patrick S.

    Great discussion. It's so refreshing to have a group of friends with different views who can explain them and discuss them with respect.

    May 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wanted to make sure everyone has seen this really well done rap battle between Hayek and Keynes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0nERTFo-Sk

    May 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Amazing

    May 30, 2013

  • Lee

    Great topic and discussion.

    May 30, 2013

  • Jaime L.

    I woke up this AM thinking about externalities. Corporations do better when they are able to socialize risks and costs. One part of the answer is radical transparency. We have the technology to keep track of at least an approximation of costs to society. That should be part of labeling. And reporting. And for transparency to be part of a libertarian solution, it would have to be easier to make a claim against a company that has harmed the public or individuals. As it stands now, the civil justice system is too cumbersome and expensive for it to be an effective part of that solution. Plus, lobbyists continually push to neuter the legal system. In a crony capitalist system, we have no chance at implementing transparency. Rent-seeking corporations like opacity and complexity and the legislators they sponsor oblige them.

    Step 1 has to be addressing cronyism. Without confronting that self-reinforcing system, improving the structure of our political economy is practically impossible.

    1 · May 30, 2013

  • Craig C.

    On my way now, but from south bay, might be a few minutes late.

    May 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any chance one of you can give me a ride to this? I live in OB, and I'm only asking if it would be easy for you. I'd be most appreciative... if it's a bother, don't!

    May 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Taken care of... thank you, thank you!

      May 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Woo-hoo-hoo -- Are you sure? "What am I?... aristocrat or democrat? Please tell me... because I know nothing anymore." --Sade. I propose that he was a moralist. And -- this sounds like its own topic to me. ;)

    Your assertion reminds me of Passolini's "Salo" -- which was a damned mess! Far messier, even, than "Yet another effort, Frenchman, if you would become Republican," and that's saying something.

    I doubt you. You could convince me, perhaps... but you'd have to do just that.

    Fascism, Anarchism, and Libertinage... that's my proposed topic. Mwahaha...

    2 · May 23, 2013

    • Bill

      Anarchism, yes. Libertarianism? nope.

      1 · May 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I agree, Bill.

      May 25, 2013

  • pia

    do libertines count? haha

    1 · May 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      If all Libertines are Libertarians, are all Libertarians Libertines?

      1 · May 23, 2013

    • Jaime L.

      The most libertine Libertines like rules and regs... as long as they are exempt.

      2 · May 23, 2013

  • Bill

    Hopefully, someone could give me a reason to like "some kind of libertarianism."

    2 · May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't wait for this one! Could get heated!

    May 17, 2013

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