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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. [...]

Should Vaccines Be Mandatory?

February 13th, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the Ask Dr. Ruwart section in Volume 20, No. 7 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) QUESTION: Should vaccines be mandatory? MY SHORT ANSWER: With the new surge of measles cases, many people are calling for mandatory (forced) vaccination. At first glance, their arguments seem reasonable. Measles can kill and the vaccine is reportedly about 95% effective. Side effects [...]

Won’t Big Businesses Abuse Their Power in a Free Market?

February 1st, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the Ask Dr. Ruwart section in Volume 20, No. 5 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) QUESTION: Won’t big businesses abuse their power in a free market? What if the only choices you have are bad businesses? For example, what if such companies grew so big that they could control the entire market? MY SHORT ANSWER: In today’s society, [...]

Two Questions on Blackmail

January 18th, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the Ask Dr. Ruwart section in Volume 20, No. 3 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) QUESTION: I am concerned about the problem of blackmail. Some libertarians, as you recently discussed, consider blackmail simply an economic interaction involving the exchange of information that, however distasteful, does not involve direct use of force against others, and therefore should be [...]

Kids and Dangerous Houses: Should the Government Step In?

January 4th, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the Ask Dr. Ruwart section in Volume 20, No. 1 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) QUESTION: I favor liberty and minimal government intrusion. But I’m wrestling with the issue of protection of children within the home. I’m struggling a little to find a happy medium between a total “hands off” approach that would balance my rights, as homeowner, [...]

Children, Parents, and Obligations

December 8th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Ask Dr. Ruwart section in Volume 19, No. 24 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Question: In his book The Ethics of Liberty, libertarian economist Murray Rothbard says: “A parent does not have the right to aggress against his children, but also … should not have a legal obligation to feed, clothe, or educate his children, since [...]

Won’t Big Businesses Abuse Their Power in a Free Market?

November 17th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Ask Dr. Ruwart section in Volume 19, No. 21 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) QUESTION: If you free big businesses from government regulations, how do you keep these same businesses from becoming an aristocracy and turning America into a feudal state? MY SHORT ANSWER: In a libertarian society, you, the consumer, control businesses by voting to buy [...]

What is the non-aggression principle?

October 31st, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Ask Dr. Ruwart section in Volume 19, No. 19 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) QUESTION: What is the libertarian non-aggression principle? MY SHORT ANSWER: Libertarianism is based on a single ideal, the non-aggression principle. Libertarians oppose the initiation of force to achieve social or political goals. They reject “first-strike” force, fraud or theft against others; they only use [...]

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