Sunday, 11 September 2016
Utilitarians think that the right thing to do is whatever produces the greatest amount of happiness. Libertarians disagree. They think that we must never violate anyones rights-even if doing so would increase overall happiness.
According to libertarians,the greatest threat to individual rights comes from the government. You should be able to drive without a seat belt if you want. The government has no business giving you a ticket. That's unacceptably paternalist. The government has no business passing moralistic legislation. It shouldn't tell you how to live your life. Most importantly,the government should never tax for re-distributive purposes. Re-distributive taxation is theft. Taking your earnings and giving it to other people is like forcing you to work for those people.
Libertarians say it is almost like slavery.
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