So, I don't consider myself a Libertarian (at least not in the way most self-described Libertarians mean it).
However, I am interested in starting a dialogue with Libertarians in order to find out exactly what you guys believe.
I'm happy to read links to articles and even read recommended books but, honestly, I learn best by using the socratic method of asking and answering questions.
So, with that in mind, here are a couple of initial questions I have for you all:
1) What do you believe is the relationship between government and corporate power? Do you believe the government pulls corporate strings to get what it wants, or do you believe that government is a tool of corporate power?
2) What is the role of fairness in your ethical schema? By fairness I mean something like the concept of getting what you deserve or not being punished or rewarded for things that are out of your control.
This is the Internet. I tend to get argumentative at times. I'll try not to do that here. I've read the community guidelines and will do my best to adhere to them. I only ask that you do the same.
In particular (and I'm mentioning this because it's something I've witnessed over and over again during any discussion of politics/religion or any topic that people tend to be passionate about):
1. Try not to assume that you know what the other person believes just because they don't believe what you do. For example, I've been accused to being a Republican, Democrat, Communist, Statist, Leftist, Fascist, and every other -ist you can come up with. All without me stating a single belief that I hold (or very very few).
2. Allow people to change their mind or re-state something without insisting that they hold to their initial statement. Writing can be difficult. Words are inherently inaccurate and fuzzy. Sometimes something that is said comes out wrong or is easily misinterpreted. If someone makes that claim about something they said, it should be taken at face value and in good faith.
3. Try to give other people's arguments the benefit of the doubt by giving them the most generous interpretation. If someone says, for example, "Liberals don't want to confiscate guns," that doesn't mean they believe you can prove them wrong by showing one example of a so-called Liberal saying we ought to ban all guns. It's a general statement and not meant to be true for ALL Liberals, and should be treated as such. (BTW, this was just an example, I'm not claiming to be a Liberal or stating my beliefs regarding gun control.)
Of course, I ought to be held to the same standards that I am suggesting above and certainly don't mean to imply that I am exempt.
So, with that, I'm interested in hearing some of your responses to the questions above.