Exploring Libertarian Ethics

- Is libertarianism a political or a moral movement? 
- Is it more effective long-term to argue from effect or from morality? 
- Which logical arguments most clearly and directly lead to the Non-Agression Principle.
- How can they be shared more convincingly? 
- Are libertarian ethics spread best by example or from argument? 
- What are effective, compassionate responses when approached with arguments, not from clear, consistent, universal principles and logic, but 
-- from Faith, 
-- from Opinion, 
-- from Authority, 
-- from History, 
-- from Correlation, 
-- from Anecdotes, 
-- from Utilitarianism, 
-- from Majority Rule, 
-- from Prejudice,
-- from Implied Consent/Social Contract, 
-- from Envy, 
-- from Fear, 
-- from (coercive) "Charity",
-- from Ad Hominem? 
- How do we more effectively and compassionately point out the gun in the room?
- How do we demystify the magical, fictional proxy ("government") that inflicts the actual violence, yet supposedly absolves statists of any moral responsibility for the violence initiated in their name against otherwise peaceful people trying to live their lives how they prefer, yet differently from how some statists think they ought to live?
- How do we best share our beautiful vision of peaceful, voluntary, cooperative living, embracing diversity and eschewing the initiation of violence.
- Which thinkers are the best ones to explore? 

I would like to coordinate with other philosophers how we may explore the ethical bases of libertarianism. Who else is interested in exploring the philosophical underpinnings of libertarian ethical principles with me? 

Please RSVP. Let's plan once we self identify!  Write in the comments section where and when might be good for you, especially if you have a deep interest in exploring this topic in 2014.

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  • Brian M.

    The topic of Social Darwinism came up. I claimed it was a myth and I have opened a discussion on the discussion board for this titled "The Myth of Social Darwinism".

    1 · December 31, 2013

    • Dennis

      Thanks, Brian. The discussion board is over on the EEHF meet up. Please join us there for further explorations. http://www.meetup.com...­

      December 31, 2013

  • Tom

    It was an intro. We will see if the group focuses on ethics.

    1 · December 27, 2013

  • david r.

    Me too; I am afraid I have to bow out as I am coming down with something and don't want to get everyone sick. Next time!

    December 26, 2013

  • Nicholas C.

    Unfortunately, between weather and family obligations I need to bow out. Hope we can do it again before to long though.

    December 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Brandon/all, I will be attending tonight.
    How do we find each other once we arrive?

    December 26, 2013

    • Dennis

      We have the side room downstairs. I will talk to the receptionists to ensure they know where we will be.

      December 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Excellent, thanks, Dennis.

      December 26, 2013

  • Dennis

    I have reserved the side room, adjacent to the downstairs bar. We have agreed to pay 20% tip for the room. I thought that was fair!

    Come a bit early to socialize. Our focus topic tonight will be, "Is studying the the ethics of human freedom worth our time?" Ill kick off our formal discussion at a lazy 7:20. I'd like to ensure everyone gets a chance to speak on the focus topic, so we'll go for about an hour and a half, depending on the number of people who feel motivated to speak. We'll have time afterwards to socialize and/or branch into greater depths and other subjects. See you tonight!!

    1 · December 26, 2013

  • Brandon A.

    OK, head count. I expect Dennis or myself to get the table a little before 7pm, as the front for the Libertarian meetup.

    As we're all probably familiar , people like to say they're coming on social media but then not show up, so IF YOU INTEND TO SHOW UP, please give s an updated intent today by either posting a comment or change your attendance. Thank you!

    December 26, 2013

    • Brandon A.

      "..as[k] the front [receptionist] for the Libertarian meetup [table]."

      December 26, 2013

  • Brian M.

    Someone have an exact address for nearby parking?

    December 26, 2013

    • Brian M.

      149 Newbury St, Boston, ma

      December 26, 2013

  • Brandon A.

    I do Press Relations for the the state party. With notice, weeknights after 6pm work for me except Tue, weekend availability is less open.

    1 · December 16, 2013

    • Brian M.

      Your thumbnail makes you look sneaky. Why are you hiding down there? :)

      December 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    That's a good date for me.

    1 · December 16, 2013

  • Dennis

    Thank you, Brandon. We can meet at 7P to give folks time to get there from work (and have a drink with early arrivals!) We're almost there.... All we need is a date ... How about
    Thursday Dec 26 -- if you are in town, this may be just the antidote tothe anticlimax from Christmas? Please give feedback or counter-offer.

    December 16, 2013

  • Dennis­ changed the date and time to Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    December 16, 2013

  • Dennis

    I chose Joe's American Bar and Grill simply because that seems to be the central place we meet. We can meet elsewhere if that is inconvenient.

    December 16, 2013

  • Dennis­ changed the location to Joe's American Bar and Grill

    December 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    An exciting topic. I look forward to this meetup.

    December 15, 2013

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