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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

How Do Libertarians Define Freedom?

I know that most of the readers of this blog are primarily concerned with civil liberty infractions that involve drug laws, strippers, eminent domain, smoking, etc. I care passionately about those issues too. I also care about the fiscal aspect and believe in minimal government. A few months ago I had drinks with the most awesome lawyer, Dana Berliner, who works for IJ and has been the libertarian voice on eminent domain.

I was disconcerted at a cocktail party that Dana confessed that she did not sympathize with the libertarian "economic or fiscal issues." To me, economic and social liberty are inseparable. The right to work is fundamental. And I blame the IRS code for creating many problems, including the political marriage issue and the economic incentives favoring home ownership that led to the current crisis in mortgages. Any thoughts on this, you libertarians?

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