arise every time I tell someone I am a libertarian or a free-market capitalist. We have been trained very well in defense of the state, even in its greatest failings. Generally, the theme is “people are too stupid/evil to live without parent-like rulers dictating every aspect of their lives,” though the rebuttal “yes, I agree people are evil/stupid, so men should not be allowed to rule over anyone but themselves” is often met with scowls or blank stares. There were great reasons not to end slavery, too, such as economic efficiency. But slavery was wrong, and no amount of justification could change the abolitionists’ reason in seeking any and all ways to end the institution.
People forgive the state far more often than any other institution, while it fails time and time again. The theme “people are too stupid/evil to not have rulers” does not yield even where the people are made MORE stupid/evil by those rulers’ actions. Fine, keep your theme. But don’t say there are not answers to your objections, merely because you are too lazy, uncreative, boorish, elitist, stupid, or uneducated in the topic to do the research or thinking yourself. Without further ado, here are 100 answers to common objections to libertarianism. There is plenty of information there and within this blog to give you an adequate understanding of where the ideology springs forth. Don’t be a hamfist. If you want to dismiss something, understand it. Here is your chance.