Friday, September 30, 2011
Libertarian Economist Walter E Williams: "Self Ownership Or Socialism": We have a Combination of both
I believe as a liberal that people should have the right to live their lives as they see fit. As long as they are not hurting anyone else with their freedom. Thats what Individual Liberty and Maximize Freedom are about to and that governments only role is to protect our freedom. For example I believe that Automakers should be required to put seat belts in their cars, so we can protect ourselves. But if we are eighteen or over, we shouldn't be required to where them. I believe some of the differences between liberalism which is what I believe in and authoritarianism and even socialism. At least on Economic Policy but socialists tend to be liberal or even libertarian on Social Issues. Is that liberals want laws to protect people from the harm of others. Whereas authoritarians and socialists want laws to protect people from the harm of others. But they want laws to protect people from themselves, that people generally aren't capable of taking care of themselves. Or that some people will do a much better job of taking care of themselves and live their lives much better. Because they were better educated and have more resources. And therefor its unfair for them to be able to have better lives then people with much limited resources. That struggle just to survive but liberals believe that people should have the Individual Liberty to live their own lives. As they see fit as long as they are not hurting anyone else with their liberty.
Liberals believe that people in a Free Society like take America for example. Should be held accountable for their own decisions and not be bailed out. By people who made better decisions in their lives, that Non Smokers shouldn't have to bail out Smokers when they get cancer. That Non Alcoholics shouldn't have to bail out Alcoholics etc, that people who take care of themselves. Shouldn't be forced to bail out the people who don't. For example if someone without Health Insurance doesn't and can't afford major Healthcare Costs. Gets in a Driving Accident and fly's through the window of their care and ends up with Brain Damage. And will never be able to work again or even function on their own. That Tax Payers shouldn't be forced to bail that person out for being an idiot. But that if people who lose their job, doesn't have enough of a pension and can't afford Health Insurance. For no fault of their own, that government should step in and try to help those people out. Under the Welfare Clause of the US Constitution.
This whole discussion really gets to the heart of the Role of Government debate. Should governments job be to protect people and how far, National Security and Public Safety. Most people believe thats a Role of Government, then the question is how far. Should governments job be to protect peoples Individual Freedom as I believe. Or protect people from themselves.