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Author Topic: Socialism vs Libertarianism  (Read 5178 times)
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« Topic Start: July 02, 2007, 07:58:33 pm »

This is a spin off from "Pagan vs US ethics / morals / etc" that's over in Philosophy.

The discussion drifted to definiations of socialism and of libertarianism.

http://www.ecauldron.net/forum/index.php?topic=1752.15  see post #20 by me for a starting point.  There is the quote link back if you think more context would help.

To summarize I contended that the two philosophies were both economic oriented.  And that they are in many ways opposites of each other.

To expand that here, both have a significant economic ideas in them.

Libertarianism is for minimal involvement of the government in the economy. In context, national health care ala Canada, England, most the world is wrong under libertarian beliefs. 

links:
http://www.lp.org/yourturn/archives/000520.shtml
last paragraph:
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It looks Libertarians are going to be fighting a major battle over the freedom to make our own healthcare financing decisions in the months ahead. Perhaps it's time we start coming up with some good speaking points and getting them out in the public eye.

Also Encylopedia Brittanica, page 7 of their article on libertarianism
http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-234235/libertarianism

Libertarianism supports minimal government involvement, and that's both minimal economic involvement by the government, and minimal involvement in people's personal lives.

edit: to clarify that last paragraph is mine, not a quote from Brittanica
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