I'm not a libertarian, so you could say I'm an outsider looking in. But in my opinion I have regarding libertarians being "socially liberal" is that their reasons for holding their beliefs stem from two different core beliefs. I believe liberals hold their moral views that homosexual marriages should be legal, that drugs should be made legal, and that prostitution should be legalized because there is nothing morally wrong with it. I believe libertarians hold somewhat similar views, but their reasons for holding them stem from a more personal governance type of philosophy. That "I have my morals and you have yours, I'll live my life the way I want, and you can live yours the way you want and the government needs to get away from both of our lives and not legislate what is moral and immoral." Please correct me if I'm wrong. The thing I am finding is that although libertarians have common ground with liberals regarding social issues, their beliefs are not stemmed from the same core conviction.
Tired of elections being between the lesser of two evils.When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser. -Socrates
Me, personally? I reject both viewpoints. I believe prostitution is wrong, but I permit others to make their own decisions when they don't harm others.
As an anarchist and a libertarian I am neither left or right, I am anti-state and pro-individual rights.
Last edited by Agent Ferris; 07-22-10 at 11:59 PM.
Digsbe, to me it seems you are trying force a diverse group that has wide ranging and disparate beliefs into a neat tidy homogeneous group morality. There is no set morality, and the libertarian label encompasses a wide array of moralities with the central theme being I do you no harm, you do me no harm, morality is individualized and personal.
edit to answer the OP's question: I have some libertarian tendencies, especially when it comes to morality, If I were to force a categorization onto myself, it would be a left leaning socially liberal libertarian(esque) amalgamation, or for simplicity maybe just an old school classic liberal without a niche to call home.
Last edited by marduc; 07-23-10 at 12:06 AM.
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
Drugs are bad, prohibition is worse
BTW, your allegation that fascism is extreme conservatism? I call BS. Fascism is economically centrist, whereas an extreme right-wing country would have an utterly free market.