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How would roads be operated and financed in the ideal libertarian world?

January 28th, 2017 (No Comments)

How would roads be operated and financed in the ideal libertarian world? This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. Question: How would roads be operated and financed in the ideal libertarian world? How would traffic violations, actions which may be victimless crimes but would be [...]

Do libertarians favor gun control?

January 24th, 2017 (No Comments)

Do libertarians favor gun control? This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up 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 [...]

Should slander be protected as free speech?

December 18th, 2016 (No Comments)

Should slander be protected as free speech? This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up 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; [...]

Who will fund national monuments in a libertarian country?

December 4th, 2016 (No Comments)

Who will fund national monuments in a libertarian country? This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up 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 [...]

What is the Non-Aggression Principle?

October 29th, 2016 (No Comments)

What is the Non-Aggression Principle? This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up 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 [...]

Should we privatize the police for public safety?

October 9th, 2016 (No Comments)

Should we privatize the police for public safety? This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. QUESTIONS: How would poor individuals/communities afford police protection in a libertarian society? If rich/white communities’ private police kill poor/minority individuals who pass through the rich/white communities’ streets, what recourse do the [...]

Should we ban tobacco instead of drugs?

August 21st, 2016 (No Comments)

Should we ban tobacco instead of drugs? This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. QUESTION: I am a long time supporter of ending the war on drugs. I advocate treating drug abuse the way we treat alcohol abuse, as a health and not a [...]

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

August 4th, 2016 (No Comments)

If not you, who? If not now, when? This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up 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 do libertarians think about government banning medical marijuana and gun violence research?

July 4th, 2016 (No Comments)

What do libertarians think about government banning medical marijuana and gun violence research? Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Dr. Ruwart’s website.  The only way that research on gun violence can be “banned” is to have government use guns—and gun violence, if necessary—to stop it. Libertarians recognize the inherent contradiction in letting government use gun [...]

Should Women Be Drafted?

June 23rd, 2016 (No Comments)

Should Women Be Drafted? Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Dr. Ruwart’s website.  My short answer is that no one should be drafted. After all, our Constitution prohibits involuntary servitude, which is exactly what the draft is. Our young men—and possibly women—will be forced—at gunpoint, if necessary—to take up arms and kill other people. [...]

How would the NC restroom law be handled in a libertarian society?

May 22nd, 2016 (No Comments)

How would the NC restroom law be handled in a libertarian society? This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. Question: Considering the recent flap regarding the restroom law passed in North Carolina (and being considered elsewhere), how would this be handled in a libertarian [...]

How will ending the income tax help the poor?

May 8th, 2016 (No Comments)

How will ending the income tax help the poor? This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. Question: I was unable to persuade a liberal friend that the income tax is evil because it is essentially forced labor through coercion, or that we could largely [...]

Why aren’t free markets dominating in countries with weak or failed governments?

February 24th, 2016 (No Comments)

Why aren’t free markets dominating in countries with weak or failed governments? This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. Question: If a free market with no government oversight and protections for the People is a successful model, then how come countries with failed/weak governments [...]

Who Has the Right to Marry Whom?

November 9th, 2015 (No Comments)

Who Has the Right to Marry Whom? This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. Question: Libertarians are quick to defend the rights of people of different races and/or religions to marry, and quick to defend the right of people of the same sex to do [...]

Is it Corporate Greed That Led to Turing Pharmaceuticals’ “Price Gouging” on Daraprim?

September 24th, 2015 (No Comments)

Is it Corporate Greed That Led to Turing Pharmaceuticals’ “Price Gouging” on Daraprim? This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. Question: Is it corporate greed that led to Turing Pharmaceuticals’ “price gouging” on Daraprim? Over the last couple of days, the media has been [...]

Do Libertarian Ideas Go Too Far?

July 27th, 2015 (No Comments)

Do Libertarian Ideas Go Too Far? This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. Question: I am coming around to libertarian ideas, but so many libertarian policies, while moving in the right direction, seem to go way too far. For instance, the idea of no [...]

When Should ID Be Required?

July 12th, 2015 (No Comments)

When Should ID Be Required? This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. QUESTION: What is your position on requiring ID to buy firearms? What about voting? MY SHORT ANSWER: Most libertarians don’t believe that ID should be required for purchase of firearms. Recording a person’s [...]

What is the Libertarian Alternative to Zoning?

March 31st, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the Ask Dr. Ruwart section in Volume 20, No. 13 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) QUESTION: I am a homeowner in a low-income neighborhood. I work hard to keep my property up, and my yard is beautiful. I am enraged by people who leave tires and garbage cans in front of their houses, don’t cut the grass, [...]

What is the Difference Between Ayn Rand’s Objectivism and Libertarianism?

March 16th, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the Ask Dr. Ruwart section in Volume 20, No. 11 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) QUESTION: What is the difference between Ayn Rand’s Objectivism and libertarianism? MY SHORT ANSWER: In my opinion, the differences are more cultural than real, in political matters. Both Objectivism and libertarianism are based on the non-aggression principle of honoring our neighbors’ choice (not [...]

Shouldn’t We All Vaccinate So We Don’t Endanger Others?

March 2nd, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the Ask Dr. Ruwart section in Volume 20, No. 9 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) QUESTION: Shouldn’t we all vaccinate so we don’t endanger others? MY SHORT ANSWER: My recent column “Should Vaccines Be Mandatory?” made a civil liberties argument for the right of people to make personal medical decisions like vaccination for themselves. Several readers expressed concern. [...]

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