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What 10 Federal Laws, Agencies or Rulings Would You Abolish?

August 24th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Ask Dr. Ruwart section in Volume 19, No. 14 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) QUESTION: If you could repeal 10 federal laws, reverse 10 Supreme Court rulings or dismantle 10 federal agencies, which laws, rulings or agencies would you do away with? I guess what I’m looking for is the libertarian “hit list.” MY SHORT ANSWER: Each [...]

Is Spanking Your Child a Form of Aggression?

August 12th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Ask Dr. Ruwart section in Volume 19, No. 13 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) QUESTION: It seems to me that spanking your child is a form of aggression. Would libertarians agree? MY SHORT ANSWER: Many do, but some do not. I personally see spanking as an utter last resort, only suitable for situations where the child might [...]

National Service: Should Young Americans Be Forced To Serve the Government?

July 26th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Ask Dr. Ruwart section in Volume 19, No. 12 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) QUESTION: I believe we shouldn’t be forced to participate in some kind of national service. However, some of my friends say we owe some duty to our country for being born here and living here. What about a citizen’s duty to country? [...]

Ayn Rand and American Indians

July 18th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Ask Dr. Ruwart section in Volume 19, No. 11 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) QUESTION: How do libertarians feel about this Ayn Rand statement: “[The Native Americans] didn’t have any rights to the land and there was no reason for anyone to grant them rights which they had not conceived and were not using… [W]hat was [...]

Who’s to Blame for Dangerous Prescription Drugs: The FDA or Big Pharma?

July 7th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Ask Dr. Ruwart section in Volume 19, No. 10 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) QUESTION: The pharmaceutical company is sometimes caught pressuring the FDA to approve drugs with side effects and the FDA does so. Who is the prime mover of aggression here, the FDA or the pharmaceutical cartel? MY SHORT ANSWER: It’s the karmic circle. The American [...]

Who would make health decisions about children in a libertarian society: parents or medical professionals?

May 19th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Ask Dr. Ruwart section in Volume 19, No. 9 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) QUESTION: I just read about Boston Children’s Hospital taking children away from their parents if they don’t agree to treat their children the way the doctors recommend. Would this happen in a libertarian society? MY SHORT ANSWER: In a libertarian society, a child’s guardians, normally the [...]

Should Anarcho-Capitalists Abandon Political Activism?

May 4th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Ask Dr. Ruwart section in Volume 19, No. 8 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) QUESTION: I now identify more with anarcho-capitalism and I want to disengage from political action. I further hope that politics will become increasingly irrelevant to people as liberty ideas spread. What do you think of this approach? MY SHORT ANSWER: Everyone must follow [...]

Do Libertarians Support a National Sales Tax?

April 16th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Ask Dr. Ruwart section in Volume 19, No. 7 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Question: I have read about proposals to eliminate the income tax and replace it with a consumption tax (national sales tax). This seems like a very good idea. First, it would mean foreign manufacturers would pay almost the same tax as domestic ones. [...]

Would Religious References Be Removed from Money, Courts and Schools in a Libertarian Society?

March 29th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Ask Dr. Ruwart section in Volume 19, No. 6 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) QUESTION: I want to see the removal of all references to a god from money, courts, and schools, as I believe these are a violation of the separation of church and state. What is the libertarian stance on this? MY SHORT ANSWER: In [...]

Will Libertarianism Only Work if People are Rational and Reasonable?

March 15th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Ask Dr. Ruwart section in Volume 19, No. 5 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) QUESTION: I’m not sure libertarianism can work unless people are rational and reasonable. And I’ve encountered at least as many irrational, unreasonable folks in my life as I have rational and reasonable ones. I’d like to know: how does libertarian philosophy address that issue? [...]

The FDA Vs. the Health and Safety of Americans

March 2nd, 2014 (No Comments)

QUESTION: Which problem is the greatest: the FDA’s approving unsafe drugs, or the FDA’s delaying the approval of life-saving ones? MY SHORT ANSWER: In 1992, Congress passed the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), allowing drug companies to voluntarily pay about $100,000 to get a speedier review. The money went to hire new reviewers. The fee has grown [...]

Libertarianism and Forced Testimony in Courts

February 18th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Ask Dr. Ruwart section in Volume 19, No. 3 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) QUESTION: In a libertarian society, when marriage becomes a private institution, what will happen to the right of a person not to be forced to testify against their spouse in a court of law? MY SHORT ANSWER: In a libertarian society, no peaceful [...]

Should Libertarians Work Within the Libertarian Party?

January 9th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Ask Dr. Ruwart section in Volume 19, No. 1 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) QUESTION: I’m very disappointed in the Libertarian Party (LP). It doesn’t elect many libertarians. Shouldn’t we just try to take over the GOP and work within that party instead? MY SHORT ANSWER: Some individuals feel called to do that, but it’s tough. After [...]

What happens to farmers if we end government farm subsidies?

December 27th, 2013 (No Comments)

(From the Ask Dr. Ruwart section in Volume 18, No. 23 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) QUESTION: If you remove all farm subsidies, what happens to the farmer when drought or flood hits and he losses his crop for one year? MY SHORT ANSWER: Like other business people, farmers plan for bad years through savings, insurance, etc. If they [...]

Who will fund national monuments in a libertarian country?

December 4th, 2013 (No Comments)

(From the Ask Dr. Ruwart section in Volume 18, No. 22 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) QUESTION: National landmarks such as the Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial are symbols of national unity, strength, and sources of inspiration. They are monuments of a national republic. How would these monuments be constructed for the entire nation in [...]

Is gene patenting akin to slavery?

November 19th, 2013 (No Comments)

(From the Ask Dr. Ruwart section in Volume 18, No. 21 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) QUESTION: Regarding the issue of patented genes: If a person — their body — is made up of genes, is not owning the genes which make up that person’s body akin to slavery? Slavery being the ownership of another person? MY SHORT [...]

What is the “non-aggression principle”?

November 6th, 2013 (No Comments)

(By Dr. Mary Ruwart from Ask Dr. Ruwart, from the Liberator Online Volume 18, No. 20. Subscribe here!) QUESTION: What is the libertarian “non-aggression principle” (or “non-aggression axiom”)? MY SHORT ANSWER: Libertarianism is based on a single ideal, the non-aggression principle, so libertarian rhetoric tends to be remarkably consistent. Libertarians oppose the initiation of force to achieve social or [...]

If not you, who? If not now, when?

October 21st, 2013 (No Comments)

(From the Ask Dr. Ruwart section in Volume 18, No. 19 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) QUESTION: Sometimes when I criticize government, I am told that if I don’t like it here, I should go somewhere else. Essentially, the old “love it or leave it” line. What’s a good response? MY SHORT ANSWER: One response I use goes like [...]

Do libertarians favor gun control?

October 16th, 2013 (No Comments)

(From the Ask Dr. Ruwart section in Volume 18, No. 18 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) QUESTION: I am unclear on the libertarian stand on gun control and crime. Should there be gun control in a libertarian society? And if so, how much? MY SHORT ANSWER: Firearms, like fists, can be used for offense or defense. Libertarians would not [...]

What are the rights of fathers on issues like abortion and child-rearing?

August 22nd, 2013 (No Comments)

(By Dr. Mary Ruwart from Ask Dr. Ruwart, from the Liberator Online Volume 18, No. 15. Subscribe here!) QUESTION: Do libertarians believe a father has rights in regards to issues of abortion and child-raising? After all, he is partially responsible for the pregnancy. What if the man wants the baby but the woman doesn’t? What about mandatory child [...]

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