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July 06, 2011, 01:15:30 PM
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Also (again, as discussed already), those are NOT the only items of force and coercion that citizens of Liberland are subject to.  They are also subject to the direct force and coercion of large market players and the indirect force and "coercion" (your definition as you currently cry about it in this society) of the ripple effects of the market due to the actions of other market participants.

"direct coercion of large market players" Are you saying that the people with more money would be able to use violence to get what they want?

People with more money have more control of the market, no violence needed.  People with less money are at the mercy of the market, like floating at a pool toy at sea.


"ripple effects due to the actions of other market participants" Are you really comparing the fact that the price goes up as supply reduces to coercion here?

Oh to be so simplistic...


What I'm saying, as in the pornography example, is that while you think freedom of personal choice means total freedom, the rest of the universe that doesn't have their heads up their asses do not.  This is because I am also affected by OTHER PEOPLES' persons choices that I have absolutely no control over or say in, as in the pornography example. 

In Liberkidland, while I can personally choose not to do drugs, I cannot choose to not live in a society that is tainted by rampant drug use. 

While I can choose to carry car insurance on my own car, I cannot choose to not be subjected to roads full of uninsured drivers. 

While I can choose to eat healthy, I cannot choose to not be stuck wondering whether the labels on food (if there are any) are false or not because there is no regulatory agency controlling them. 

While I can choose not to harm the environment myself, I cannot choose to not live in a world whose environment is being destroyed by unregulated businesses. 

While I can choose to not take people to a heavily biased, privately own kangaroo court, I cannot choose to not be at the mercy of others taking me to these courts for frivilous reasons because that is the only legal system in existence.

While I can choose to work hard, I cannot choose to not live in a society of exploited workers and I will be worse off for it.

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July 06, 2011, 03:26:42 PM
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What I'm saying, as in the pornography example, is that while you think freedom of personal choice means total freedom, the rest of the universe that doesn't have their heads up their asses do not.  This is because I am also affected by OTHER PEOPLES' persons choices that I have absolutely no control over or say in, as in the pornography example. 

In Liberkidland, while I can personally choose not to do drugs, I cannot choose to not live in a society that is tainted by rampant drug use. 

While I can choose to carry car insurance on my own car, I cannot choose to not be subjected to roads full of uninsured drivers. 

While I can choose to eat healthy, I cannot choose to not be stuck wondering whether the labels on food (if there are any) are false or not because there is no regulatory agency controlling them. 

While I can choose not to harm the environment myself, I cannot choose to not live in a world whose environment is being destroyed by unregulated businesses. 

While I can choose to not take people to a heavily biased, privately own kangaroo court, I cannot choose to not be at the mercy of others taking me to these courts for frivilous reasons because that is the only legal system in existence.

While I can choose to work hard, I cannot choose to not live in a society of exploited workers and I will be worse off for it.

Here's what their predictable answer will be:

"But if you don't like it, then you can change it!" Or, "You can move to an area where it is like you want it to be!" Or, "I'd rather have all those freedoms than live under the boot of my oppressor!" Or, "But you can set up a petition to get some laws and then legally show how what I am doing is unlawful!"

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July 06, 2011, 03:53:13 PM
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In Liberkidland, while I can personally choose not to do drugs, I cannot choose to not live in a society that is tainted by rampant drug use.

Too bad. 

While I can choose to carry car insurance on my own car, I cannot choose to not be subjected to roads full of uninsured drivers.

Walk. 

While I can choose to eat healthy, I cannot choose to not be stuck wondering whether the labels on food (if there are any) are false or not because there is no regulatory agency controlling them.

Grow your own food. 

While I can choose not to harm the environment myself, I cannot choose to not live in a world whose environment is being destroyed by unregulated businesses.

Live in a plastic bubble. 

While I can choose to not take people to a heavily biased, privately own kangaroo court, I cannot choose to not be at the mercy of others taking me to these courts for frivilous reasons because that is the only legal system in existence.

Refuse to appear.

While I can choose to work hard, I cannot choose to not live in a society of exploited workers and I will be worse off for it.

Aww, you poor thing.

You have a real problem with entitlement. You think everybody owes you something but they don't. There are reasons why everything you've said can and would be avoided but even if they aren't avoided, that's just too bad. You'll just have to keep your hands off of other people and their stuff even if it's an inconvenience.
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July 06, 2011, 03:59:52 PM
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Walk. Grow your own food. Live in a plastic bubble. 

How are your responses making your proposed world appealing, again? I thought the point of debate was to try and win your case by showing it's better.

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July 06, 2011, 04:20:04 PM
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How are your responses making your proposed world appealing, again? I thought the point of debate was to try and win your case by showing it's better.

My case is won by showing that we should keep our hands off other people and their property unless we have their permission and following that to its logical conclusion.

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Fiat justitia ruat caelum is a Latin legal phrase, meaning "Let justice be done though the heavens fall." The maxim signifies the belief that justice must be realized regardless of consequences.

Maybe some people think the world would be better off with a little injustice but I value justice highly. For me, even if the heavens fall, justice is more important.
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July 06, 2011, 04:34:51 PM
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How are your responses making your proposed world appealing, again? I thought the point of debate was to try and win your case by showing it's better.

My case is won by showing that we should keep our hands off other people and their property unless we have their permission and following that to its logical conclusion.

Your simple one liners are not solutions to very large, complex and finely nuanced problems. I am open to addressing each of these issues on a case by case basis, given time. The world is a very complex place, and human society is a very large system. The confluence of these two systems creates complexities which are beyond your simple answers.

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July 06, 2011, 04:51:10 PM
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How are your responses making your proposed world appealing, again? I thought the point of debate was to try and win your case by showing it's better.

My case is won by showing that we should keep our hands off other people and their property unless we have their permission and following that to its logical conclusion.

Your simple one liners are not solutions to very large, complex and finely nuanced problems. I am open to addressing each of these issues on a case by case basis, given time. The world is a very complex place, and human society is a very large system. The confluence of these two systems creates complexities which are beyond your simple answers.

Complex systems are often governed by a few simple rules. Like I said, there are solutions to the problems mentioned and reasons why those solutions would be implemented. I did however say that even if no solution was offered, it doesn't matter. Let justice be done though the heavens fall. So, whether or not those solutions are available is completely irrelevant. If you think you should be able to put your hands on other people or their property without their permission because you feel entitled to a comfortable life, I feel bad for you.
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July 06, 2011, 05:14:34 PM
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If you think you should be able to put your hands on other people or their property without their permission because you feel entitled to a comfortable life, I feel bad for you.

Do not confuse my statements with welfare programs.

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July 06, 2011, 05:16:18 PM
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Do not confuse my statements with welfare programs.

I didn't.
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July 06, 2011, 05:29:54 PM
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Oh to be so simplistic...


What I'm saying, as in the pornography example, is that while you think freedom of personal choice means total freedom, the rest of the universe that doesn't have their heads up their asses do not.  This is because I am also affected by OTHER PEOPLES' persons choices that I have absolutely no control over or say in, as in the pornography example. 

In Liberkidland, while I can personally choose not to do drugs, I cannot choose to not live in a society that is tainted by rampant drug use.

Huh

Modern society already has rampant drug use. The most abused is one of the worst: alcohol.
 

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While I can choose to carry car insurance on my own car, I cannot choose to not be subjected to roads full of uninsured drivers.

I think you might be surprised at how many drivers in many areas, where car insurance is required, don't have it.


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While I can choose to eat healthy, I cannot choose to not be stuck wondering whether the labels on food (if there are any) are false or not because there is no regulatory agency controlling them.

How healthy do you eat? Do you consider the regulated labels on foods today to be accurate? At least here in the U.S., the regulations actually grant corporations the permission to have labels that outright lie (one example: honey.)


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While I can choose not to harm the environment myself, I cannot choose to not live in a world whose environment is being destroyed by unregulated businesses.

Like Enron, or those Japanese power plants? What does it matter if the business that's destroying the environment is regulated or not, if it's still doing it? (Frankly, I think the behind-the-scenes story of the recent Japan situation is a case study for this.)


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While I can choose to not take people to a heavily biased, privately own kangaroo court, I cannot choose to not be at the mercy of others taking me to these courts for frivilous reasons because that is the only legal system in existence.

Wow. Again, you must not live in the U.S. Or you must just have never actually seen the legal system at work.


Hmmm. This society you don't wish to see come about? It seems to me that we're already living in it....

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July 06, 2011, 08:14:32 PM
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Oh to be so simplistic...


What I'm saying, as in the pornography example, is that while you think freedom of personal choice means total freedom, the rest of the universe that doesn't have their heads up their asses do not.  This is because I am also affected by OTHER PEOPLES' persons choices that I have absolutely no control over or say in, as in the pornography example. 

In Liberkidland, while I can personally choose not to do drugs, I cannot choose to not live in a society that is tainted by rampant drug use.

Huh

Modern society already has rampant drug use. The most abused is one of the worst: alcohol.
 

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While I can choose to carry car insurance on my own car, I cannot choose to not be subjected to roads full of uninsured drivers.

I think you might be surprised at how many drivers in many areas, where car insurance is required, don't have it.


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While I can choose to eat healthy, I cannot choose to not be stuck wondering whether the labels on food (if there are any) are false or not because there is no regulatory agency controlling them.

How healthy do you eat? Do you consider the regulated labels on foods today to be accurate? At least here in the U.S., the regulations actually grant corporations the permission to have labels that outright lie (one example: honey.)


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While I can choose not to harm the environment myself, I cannot choose to not live in a world whose environment is being destroyed by unregulated businesses.

Like Enron, or those Japanese power plants? What does it matter if the business that's destroying the environment is regulated or not, if it's still doing it? (Frankly, I think the behind-the-scenes story of the recent Japan situation is a case study for this.)


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While I can choose to not take people to a heavily biased, privately own kangaroo court, I cannot choose to not be at the mercy of others taking me to these courts for frivilous reasons because that is the only legal system in existence.

Wow. Again, you must not live in the U.S. Or you must just have never actually seen the legal system at work.


Hmmm. This society you don't wish to see come about? It seems to me that we're already living in it....



The current system is not in any way a part of this discussion.  I am not defending the current system, I am attacking the libertarian system.  Get it right.  Your entire post is one big strawman/diversion.

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July 06, 2011, 08:22:41 PM
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In Liberkidland, while I can personally choose not to do drugs, I cannot choose to not live in a society that is tainted by rampant drug use.

Too bad.  

While I can choose to carry car insurance on my own car, I cannot choose to not be subjected to roads full of uninsured drivers.

Walk.  

While I can choose to eat healthy, I cannot choose to not be stuck wondering whether the labels on food (if there are any) are false or not because there is no regulatory agency controlling them.

Grow your own food.  

While I can choose not to harm the environment myself, I cannot choose to not live in a world whose environment is being destroyed by unregulated businesses.

Live in a plastic bubble.  

While I can choose to not take people to a heavily biased, privately own kangaroo court, I cannot choose to not be at the mercy of others taking me to these courts for frivilous reasons because that is the only legal system in existence.

Refuse to appear.

While I can choose to work hard, I cannot choose to not live in a society of exploited workers and I will be worse off for it.

Aww, you poor thing.

You have a real problem with entitlement. You think everybody owes you something but they don't. There are reasons why everything you've said can and would be avoided but even if they aren't avoided, that's just too bad. You'll just have to keep your hands off of other people and their stuff even if it's an inconvenience.



Thank you for proving my point. These responses are exactly what I was expecting.

Libertarianism: a society free from force and coercion... unless you aren't a libertarian, in which case you can get fucked because its our way or the highway.


We have now successfully come full circle.  What you said to me is what I've been saying to you guys all along: if you don't like this society, GTFO out.

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July 06, 2011, 09:25:00 PM
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Libertarianism: a society free from force and coercion... unless you aren't a libertarian, in which case you can get fucked because its our way or the highway.

You poor thing. It would be so awful to have to keep your hands off of other people and their property. I'm really just torn up about it.

Here's your argument: You're forcing someone to have sex with you but they're forcing you not to have sex with them, therefore rape and defending yourself from rape both involve force. Your logic is utterly ridiculous. Before you whine about hyperbole, explain the difference in what I'm saying and your actual argument.
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July 06, 2011, 10:18:28 PM
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Would a libertarian society have free borders with unlimited immigration? 

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July 06, 2011, 10:25:35 PM
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Libertarianism: a society free from force and coercion... unless you aren't a libertarian, in which case you can get fucked because its our way or the highway.

You poor thing. It would be so awful to have to keep your hands off of other people and their property. I'm really just torn up about it.

Here's your argument: You're forcing someone to have sex with you but they're forcing you not to have sex with them, therefore rape and defending yourself from rape both involve force. Your logic is utterly ridiculous. Before you whine about hyperbole, explain the difference in what I'm saying and your actual argument.


Is it really that difficult for you to drop the hyperbole?

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July 06, 2011, 10:31:30 PM
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Libertarianism: a society free from force and coercion... unless you aren't a libertarian, in which case you can get fucked because its our way or the highway.

You poor thing. It would be so awful to have to keep your hands off of other people and their property. I'm really just torn up about it.

Here's your argument: You're forcing someone to have sex with you but they're forcing you not to have sex with them, therefore rape and defending yourself from rape both involve force. Your logic is utterly ridiculous. Before you whine about hyperbole, explain the difference in what I'm saying and your actual argument.


Is it really that difficult for you to drop the hyperbole?

Stop whining. Either answer my question or just say you can't.
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July 06, 2011, 10:38:04 PM
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Would a libertarian society have free borders with unlimited immigration? 

Yes, and emigration, as well. Free flow, in and out.

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Libertarianism: a society free from force and coercion... unless you aren't a libertarian, in which case you can get fucked because its our way or the highway.

You poor thing. It would be so awful to have to keep your hands off of other people and their property. I'm really just torn up about it.

Here's your argument: You're forcing someone to have sex with you but they're forcing you not to have sex with them, therefore rape and defending yourself from rape both involve force. Your logic is utterly ridiculous. Before you whine about hyperbole, explain the difference in what I'm saying and your actual argument.


Is it really that difficult for you to drop the hyperbole?

Stop whining. Either answer my question or just say you can't.


Stop with the hyperbole and read what I'm actually writing.  Let's try this again with a slight variation.

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Empirically, most people don’t actually want absolute freedom, which is why democracies don’t elect libertarian governments. Irony of ironies, people don’t choose absolute freedom. But this refutes libertarianism by its own premise, as libertarianism defines the good as the freely chosen, yet people do not choose it. Paradoxically, people exercise their freedom not to be libertarians.

The political corollary of this is that since no electorate will support libertarianism, a libertarian government could never be achieved democratically but would have to be imposed by some kind of authoritarian state, which rather puts the lie to libertarians’ claim that under any other philosophy, busybodies who claim to know what’s best for other people impose their values on the rest of us. Libertarianism itself is based on the conviction that it is the one true political philosophy and all others are false. It entails imposing a certain kind of society, with all its attendant pluses and minuses, which the inhabitants thereof will not be free to opt out of except by leaving.


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July 06, 2011, 10:52:44 PM
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Stop with the hyperbole and read what I'm actually writing.  Let's try this again with a slight variation.

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

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Stop with the hyperbole and read what I'm actually writing.  Let's try this again with a slight variation.

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Well we all know you're the king of incorrect definitions.  Here's what it actually means: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperbole

And that's exactly what he's going.  He's using gross exaggerations (which really amount to strawmen) of murder and rape to elicit emotional, knee-jerk responses in a fallacious attempt to win an argument, when I have no where mentioned murder and rape.  It's not about forcing people to not murder and rape.  It's about forcing people to live in a world they do not want to live in, be pawns of a market they have little-to-no say in, and to sell themselves to a system they do not agree with.

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