Freedom or Totalitarianism

Freedom or Totalitarianism
Liberty or Death

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Ron Paul: Socialism in a Libertarian Society vs Libertarianism in a Free Society

One of things I respect both about libertarianism and socialism is the diversity in both Political Ideology's. A casual looker at both ideology's might think that are complete opposites. Or terms like Socialist Libertarian is contradictory in terms, libertarians believe in complete Individual Liberty. Let Free People live their own lives as long as they are not hurting anyone else with their freedom. As well as keeping most of the money that they earn. And socialists believe in collectivism, don't let anyone make too much money, spread the wealth. And do these things through High Taxes and through government providing a lot of services. Instead of giving the people the freedom to do these things for themselves and if they do it better then others. So be it as libertarians tend to believe but socialists tend to be liberal-libertarian on Social Issues. Take Noam Chomsky, Dennis Kucinich and Ralph Nader to use as examples, except for maybe Gun Rights, Organized Gambling and Hate Speech in America. What I'm getting at the Ron Paul's of the World aren't the only faces of libertarianism and the Fidel Castro's of the World aren't the only faces of socialism. There's Classical Libertarianism, the Ron Paul's, there's Conservative Libertarianism, the Barry Goldwater's, there's Liberal Libertarianism where I would fit in as well as people like Dick Durbin, Russ Feingold . And then there's Socialist Libertarianism the Dennis Kucinich's of the World. Who believe that people should have the right to live their own lives as long as they are not hurting anyone else with what they are doing. But want to see more Government Intervention especially from the Federal Government in the economy. And believe the Federal Government should try to bring about what they call "Economic Justice" to society, trying to make society equal for all. And not letting anyone by force have too much more then others.

Marijuana is a perfect example of this at least in America, where libertarians, liberal such as myself, socialists and conservatives to a certain extent. Like the late Bill Buckley, who are in favor of Decriminalization or Marijuana and treating it like alcohol and tobacco have it fall under the same regulations and taxes. These four different factions of libertarianism all believe in Individual Liberty, we tend to differ on the US Constitution. Property Rights being a perfect example of this where libertarians, liberals, conservatives all believe in Property Rights. Where socialists don't tend to be a big fan of Property Rights and believe that government can force Private Business's to become Public Utility's. For the good of the country, banking being an excellent example of this when our Banking System looked like it was collapsing back in 2008.

Libertarians, liberals, conservatives and even socialists as hard as that might be to believe. All believe in Limited Government at least to a certain extent, but we all differ in how limited government should be. Especially when it comes to the economy where socialists don't believe in Limited Government as much as liberals, conservatives and libertarians.