Thursday, April 14, 2011

Pro-Life Libertarianism

A refutation of the idea "that believing in liberty means you can kill the unborn" — Ron Paul antes up on abortion: "Life comes from our creator, not our government. Liberty comes from our creator, not from government. Therefore, the purpose, if there is to be a purpose, for government is to protect life and liberty."

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Glad to hear that Paul deviates from libertarian orthodoxy on the pro-life issue. The problem with libertarianism more broadly is that it doesn't understand the necessary relationship between virtue and liberty -- that a limited government is possible only in a society with a high degree of virtue, and that virtue can only thrive when it is reinforced at critical junctures by the power of the law. John Adams understood this quite well, as did Hamilton and the other Federalists. Libertarians, alas, for the most part don't. Good to see that Paul understands that idea when it comes to abortion. Now if he would just go the rest of the way...

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