Thursday, August 02, 2007

The Golden Rule, for Libertarians

Permissible acts should coincide with responsible acts. Responsible acts are those that you would have done unto you or the consequences of which you would have done unto you.

You must, in other words, consider
  • the immediate effect of an act on others, and
  • its long-term effect on yourself or others,
  • including its effect on the social and legal restraints that now prevent (or deter) others from doing harm to yourself or others.

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Metaethical Moral Relativism: Is It Valid?
A Critique of Extreme Libertarianism
Libertarian Whining about Cell Phones and Driving