Purism vs. Practicality
by Richard O. Hammer
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Many libertarians love to debate the principles of liberty. But do they love debate more than they love liberty itself?
For several years I attended Unitarian-Universalist fellowships. UUs
tend to be intellectual, like libertarians. They love to discuss issues.
They discuss and discuss. In fact they tell this joke about themselves.
Now, among libertarians, I often meet one who stubbornly debates some point of purity. It seems to me that these libertarians would want nothing to do with a new free nation unless their condition X were met. X might be:
I think that we, who study the history of constitutions from a libertarian viewpoint, have learned enough that we can constitute a new nation with greater liberty, and with more protections for liberty, than ever before in history. But I do not expect that we are perfect, just yet.
So, fellow traveler, which direction will you turn, if you find yourself facing this sign? D
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