View Poll Results: Which of the following Libertarian Party Issues do you support(Libertarian only vote)

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  • Laissez Faire capitalism

    31 70.45%
  • End drug prohibition

    42 95.45%
  • avoid interventionism in foreign polic

    29 65.91%
  • End foreign aid

    30 68.18%
  • End gun bans

    37 84.09%
  • Deregulate healthcare

    32 72.73%
  • Semi-amnesty for illegal aliens(work for amnesty)

    15 34.09%
  • End welfare

    30 68.18%
  • Allow opting out of Social Security

    37 84.09%
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    Re: Libertarian Issues-Libertarians only please vote

    Thank you all for your answers so far, and keep them coming. Some great posts explaining your positions, I really appreciate it.
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    Re: Libertarian Issues-Libertarians only please vote

    I'm an independent who considers himself a decentralist or anti-Federalist, so I suppose my views are similar enough with libertarianism to warrant a response.

    Laissez Faire capitalism - It depends on how one defines laissez-faire capitalism. Some take it to mean anarchocapitalism, which is the complete absence of government intervention in the economy. If that is the definition being used, then I do not support laissez-faire capitalism, as there would be no laws against fraud and coercion.

    If, however, laissez-faire capitalism is synonymous with Adam Smith's conception of the invisible hand as a mechanism for the efficient allocation of resources, then I absolutely support laissez-faire capitalism. But in certain cases where the market fails to adequately provide for a social necessity, I believe the government can step in and intervene.

    End drug prohibition - I absolutely support the end of Federal drug prohibition.

    avoid interventionism in foreign policy - I believe in a flexible and adaptive foreign policy.

    End foreign aid - Absolutely. That money is better spent at home.

    End gun bans - Yes. They don't serve any purpose.

    Deregulate healthcare - Yes, and the health insurance industry. Onerous regulation is driving up the cost of healthcare and health insurance.

    Semi-amnesty for illegal aliens(work for amnesty) - I wouldn't be adverse to this, but I think we should have tight control of our borders before we start worrying about accommodating illegal immigrants.

    End welfare - On the Federal level, yes. Slowly phasing out these programs and placing the onus back on states is the best policy.

    Allow opting out of Social Security - Yes. For most young people, it will not be there when they retire, which means they are being forced to pay into something that has no identifiable benefit to them. I think that is awful and wrong.

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    Re: Libertarian Issues-Libertarians only please vote

    Laissez Faire capitalism- It's not unregulated capitalism.
    It's an economic system free from unreasonable intervention.

    End drug prohibition- Yep, it doesn't work.

    Avoid interventionism in foreign affairs- We have more important things to do here.
    We shouldn't be subsidizing the rest of the world with our military either.

    End foreign aid- A lot of it ends up in few hands, it doesn't encourage people to pull themselves up either.

    End gun bans- Yep. You can't be free, if you can't defend yourself.

    Deregulate healthcare- Federal involvement in medical care is the reason for the price increases.

    Semi-amnesty for illegal aliens(work for amnesty)- I'm odd about this.
    I don't want tougher immigration or border security.
    I want it to stay more or less how it is, with less social welfare to discourage loafers.
    I like foreigners who want to live here, they usually have a better work ethic than our natives.

    End welfare- Maybe on a state or county level if at all.
    I prefer the old school family/community welfare system.

    Allow opting out of Social Security- Definitely want it gone.
    Paying people because they hit an arbitrary age limit is ridiculous.
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    Can I just put a ditto with Psychoclown

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    Re: Libertarian Issues-Libertarians only please vote

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Back many months ago, I started a thread on this, and since we have a bunch of new Libertarian issues, I thought I would revisit it. The basis of the original poll was numerous comments about big "L" Libertarians and little "l" libertarians. Many libertarians here stated they did not align very well with the beliefs of the Libertarian party. So I pulled a series of issues from the Libertarian party website(Issues | Libertarian Party) and asked which of those issues do you agree with. Same deal this time, same issues, which do you personally as a Libertarian or libertarian agree with. If in doubt, please refer to the link above to see the detailed position of the Libertarian party.

    Please, only Libertarians(big or small "L") vote in this poll.

    Link to original thread: http://www.debatepolitics.com/polls/...an-issues.html

    Please be patient as I add poll options...I type slow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post

    Semi-amnesty for illegal aliens(work for amnesty)- I'm odd about this.
    I don't want tougher immigration or border security.
    I want it to stay more or less how it is, with less social welfare to discourage loafers.
    I like foreigners who want to live here, they usually have a better work ethic than our natives.
    That's a great point, and another issue I am personally ambivalent about. On the one hand, if we keep bringing in more immigrants, we could start stressing the resources available, mostly due to our already HUGE social programs in place. If, however, we don't make welfare-type incentives an attractant to immigrants, maybe it would be okay. The problem is that we already have all those programs in place, and that won't change anytime soon.
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    Re: Libertarian Issues-Libertarians only please vote

    Redress.


    Your poll is a bit too black and white for me......



    Laissez Faire capitalism


    Complete Laissez Faire capitalism? probably not, but very damn close. Furthermore, I would suggest that we could not go from what we have today to Laissez Faire capitalism with the swipe of a pen, It would be far to disruptive. See Russia.


    Anyway, I think we need to move towards Laissez Faire capitalism as much as we possibly can. "let it be" capitalism is what built this great nation.





    End drug prohibition




    Absolutley. Also end all federal and state funding for drug rehabilitation programs.



    avoid interventionism in foreign polic


    Whenever possible. I think most everyone agrees with this. far to vague



    For example I was for the Iraqi and Afghaistan invasions due to the geopolitical embezzelment scheme and mini cold war created by the UN, and for what the taliban was doing in hiding a group waging war on the US.




    End foreign aid
    End gun bans
    Deregulate healthcare



    Yes.


    Semi-amnesty for illegal aliens(work for amnesty)



    No. implement a fair policy that rewards law abiders, not law breakers.




    End welfare



    Yes, however, we must create a climate where people would be donating to those truly in need. Not those in need of a 2nd plasma tv and a new iphone.




    Allow opting out of Social Security



    Absolutley.
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    Re: Libertarian Issues-Libertarians only please vote

    I'm a libertarian-leaning anti-federalist.

    The poll questions look at everything at a federal-level only, though, so it doesn't adequately apply to my ideological views.


    For example, I'm in favor of ending federal drug prohibition, but if Wyoming or Texas wanted to continue a state-wide prohibition, that is their choice.

    My views of liberty include freedom to vote in rights-limiting legislation democratically so long as it remains localized.

    However, in my state, I'd lean heavily libertarian.
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    End our borders and drug laws because we are spending money against nature.
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    Re: Libertarian Issues-Libertarians only please vote

    I took everything but Laissez Faire capitalism, Deregulate healthcare, and End welfare.

    For capitalism, I believe in free market capitalism. In that the market is open and people may fairly enter it; succeed or fail by their own power. Laissez-faire does not do that, in fact it is one of the most closed of all systems (next to corporate capitalism, which is what we currently operate under). This is because monopoly and oligopoly quickly rise within the market place stiffing competition and closing off the market. Some amount of government regulation is necessary to ensure the free market remains free. Thus small amount of government is needed in the capitalist model.

    Welfare, to be honest it's a difficult choice. However, complete private donations do not aggregate the necessary funds to take care of the needy. I don't like life time welfare sorts of things, but I do like having a system to make sure that people who fall can have at least some form of temporary net that can perhaps see them through the tough times. If the person can get working again, they are more valuable to all of us than if they became homeless and we lost that labor all together.

    Healthcare deregulation...I think there is a lot that you can cut out. But if we're talking about certificates and such which prove you've had proper medical training, are insured, etc. well I'm pretty ok with those.
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