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7 April 2009

The laws of libertarianism

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The following is an edited excerpt from Karen Selick's recent presentation to the Manning Networking Conference and Exhibition in Ottawa via the National Post.

…We believe in maximizing individual freedom in both the economic and the social spheres. We believe in minimizing state interference in both spheres….

I would argue that when the state assumes the role of moral guardian over the social sphere, we get the same unintended consequences as when the state intervenes in the economy. In an economic welfare state, people become lazy and incapable of providing for themselves financially.  In a “moral welfare state,” they become morally lazy and incapable of determining for themselves what actions are virtuous, or even why they should behave virtuously in the first place.

Read it all here.

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