Thursday, September 11, 2008

Straw Man

David Brooks touts the findings of modern neuropsychology as evidence that Goldwater conservatism is incompatible with human beings' natural inclination to establish interdependent relationships and collaborative institutions.

But who ever said that we shouldn't form social networks? Libertarians simply believe that such networks should be strictly VOLUNTARY. The "communities" created by government are always mandatory, which inspires more discord than camaraderie. It isn't that libertarians and libertarian Republicans do not believe in charity or community. It's simply that we believe that we should choose the charities and communities with which to associate.
Trust me, many of we libertarians have close friends, from all political spectra and walks of life, whom we care for deeply. We don't need the government to set up play-dates.

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