Sherry A. Phillips

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The Libertarian in me

I usually stay away from political stuff on my site, but there was an article about libertarians in the WSJ I thought was pretty good. My husband has called me everything from a liberal to an anarchist because of my libertarian views. But you have to keep in mind that my husband is somewhere to the right of Vlad the Impaler and at times can make Rush Limbaugh look like a moderate.

From The Wall Street Journal:

Perhaps more intriguingly, when libertarians reacted to moral dilemmas and in other tests, they displayed less emotion, less empathy and less disgust than either conservatives or liberals. They appeared to use “cold” calculation to reach utilitarian conclusions about whether (for instance) to save lives by sacrificing fewer lives. They reached correct, rather than intuitive, answers to math and logic problems, and they enjoyed “effortful and thoughtful cognitive tasks” more than others do.

The researchers found that libertarians had the most “masculine” psychological profile, while liberals had the most feminine, and these results held up even when they examined each gender separately, which “may explain why libertarianism appeals to men more than women.”

All Americans value liberty, but libertarians seem to value it more. For social conservatives, liberty is often a means to the end of rolling back the welfare state, with its lax morals and redistributive taxation, so liberty can be infringed in the bedroom. For liberals, liberty is a way to extend rights to groups perceived to be oppressed, so liberty can be infringed in the boardroom. But for libertarians, liberty is an end in itself, trumping all other moral values.

I saw a comment that pretty much sums up my libertarian views in a nutshell:

I don’t tell you what to do, you don’t tell me what to do, but don’t ask me to pay for your crap. That is how a libertarian views it.


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