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April 30, 2014

Why I am not a libertarian…

by Chris Byrne

I am not a libertarian because I think I’m smarter than you

I am not a libertarian because I think I’m better educated than you

I am not a libertarian because I think I’m morally or ethically superior to you

I am not a libertarian because I think I have better ideas about running things than you

I am a libertarian, because I recognize that no matter how smart, educated, experienced, informed, and competent I THINK I am…

…I KNOW that I am ALSO stupid, uneducated, inexperienced, ignorant, incompetent, and fallible…

…just like everyone else.

I am a libertarian, because I recognize that I do not have all of the information, knowledge, education, experience, judgement, and wisdom; to always make good decisions about MY OWN life, business, or circumstances.

I am a libertarian, because I understand that in fact it is impossible for me to do so.

I am a libertarian, because if that’s true of my OWN life… Then I absolutely and certainly do not, and can not; have the information, knowledge, education, experience, judgement, and wisdom; about YOUR, or ANYONE ELSES life, business, or circumstances, to make anyone elses decisions for them.

And neither do you…

And neither does the government…

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  • MingoV

    If you are stupid and uneducated, who is writing your posts?

    False humility is not a virtue.

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