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Friday, August 26, 2005

It's about freedom

People often ask me why I am a libertarian, and what libertarianism means. I reply that I don't consider it to be a political or economic school of thought, but an adherence to a single simple principle: a respect for individual freedom. As Wikipedia puts it: "It holds that every individual should have the right to do as he pleases with his property (which includes his own body), to the extent that doing so does not infringe on the same rights of others to dispense with their property as they please."

Some of the implications of that are outlined in a nice essay by Arnold Kling (of EconLog) titled "Libertarian Basics." If you can spare five minutes, do go through it, you might find it rewarding.
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