Posted 5 years ago on Oct. 6, 2011, 7:13 p.m. EST by MerchantofLight
from Chicago, IL
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Libertarians are our natural allies! We just have trouble understanding them because they're arguments have been so often used by republicans for nefarious ends. The Libertarian position is based on a truly noble quest, to protect the people from their government.
People in power, when they see an opportunity to enrich themselves or their friends, often seize it without concern for morality, their constituents or the state. For this reason, Libertarians hold all state intervention suspect, because the state does not play by the rules... it writes the rules. Thus, when the government gets involved with one enterprise or another, Libertarians does not see the purported good to be done, but rather the ample opportunity for mischief opened by such interventions.
The only recourse the private sector has is in the courts and the constitution, and judges at the highest levels have consistently failed to enforce the constitution. Further, even those who are caught red handed in such debacles rarely face justice. For every Blagojevich there are half a dozen Henry Paulsons who commit vast theft of public funds while enjoying the protection of the political mantle.
These are all valid complaints. Yet they bear a striking resemblance to another old argument that keeps getting dragged out; the notion that social welfare is bad because people abuse it. We are all aware that some, perhaps even the majority of welfare recipients abuse the system. Yet I, for one, am content to let them suckle away at the system so that those who truly do need it, those who are truly trying and truly down on their luck, can eat.
It should be noted that Libertarians have other, bigger, and perhaps quite valid problems with social welfare. But the argument in question remains the same "baby with the bathwater" question we've visited again and again.