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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 [...]

Should slander be protected as free speech?

July 25th, 2013 (No Comments)

(By Dr. Mary Ruwart from Ask Dr. Ruwart, Volume 18, No. 14 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here.) QUESTION: I have questions about a past column of yours on the topic of blackmail. You wrote: “Many libertarians consider slander of a person’s reputation to be a violation of the non-aggression principle; others don’t.” I’m confused. It seems to [...]

Ask Dr. Mary Ruwart: How effective is government welfare compared to private charity?

June 26th, 2013 (No Comments)

Dr. Mary Ruwart is a leading expert in libertarian communication. In this column she offers short answers to real questions about libertarianism. To submit questions to Dr. Ruwart, see end of column. QUESTION: Recently in the Liberator Online you answered a question with the following supporting argument: “For example, about 75% of the tax dollars that are [...]

Ask Dr. Mary Ruwart: Does Australia disprove arguments against the minimum wage?

June 26th, 2013 (No Comments)

Dr. Mary Ruwart is a leading expert in libertarian communication. In this column she offers short answers to real questions about libertarianism. To submit questions to Dr. Ruwart, see end of column. Does Australia disprove arguments against the minimum wage? QUESTION: A recent graphic going around Facebook asserts that Australia’s employment situation disproves the notion that a [...]

Ask Dr. Mary Ruwart: What’s stopping the the private sector from offering better and cheaper education than the government?

June 26th, 2013 (No Comments)

Dr. Mary Ruwart is a leading expert in libertarian communication. In this column she offers short answers to real questions about libertarianism. To submit questions to Dr. Ruwart, see end of column. QUESTION: If the private sector can provide education better and cheaper than the government, why aren’t they doing it? Nothing is stopping private industry from [...]