Truer words seldom spoken. For the record: Foreign aid has done more to screw Africa up than a million megalomanical conquerers and imperialism ever could. (Although one could argue that foreign aid is just another flavor of imperialism.)
- Duke UniversityBiomedical Engineering, 1977 - 1981
- While I could generally be described as a libertarian, a
more appropriate and more accurate designation would be
- The most basic expression and most fundamental dogma
in libertarian theory is the non-aggression principle – the initiation of
force is never justified.
- The mainstream political parties are inherently
similar, barely avoiding being identical; therefore, spending any time debating about them is time wasted.
- The best means by which to right past wrongs are
private, not via legislation, and this applies specifically to issues such as reparations for slavery.
I embraced libertarianism not because it sounded interesting when I studied its theories. In fact, I have not, even to
this day, read many of the books libertarians point to as seminal in
their conversion. (This is neither an attack on those books or a suggestion for others. It is simply a statement of fact. And yes, my
study of libertarian philosophy, including many of those “classics,”
continues.) I embraced libertarianism because it best fit (by far) the
conclusions I had already reached empirically. That deduction led me
to begin my study of the more theoretical aspects, which soundly
confirmed my initial conclusions. I'll end this personal thumbnail sketch as I ended my first published libertarian article:
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