Former Democrat. AMA

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Jun 28, 2018 85 Comments

Supported Democrats my entire life. Voted Obama twice and HRC.

Latest regressive left ideologies made me move to Libertarian.

Support equal opportunity. Support fiscal responsibility.

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  • Amazon / EngWRyY10
    But how can you be against diversity and equality? You must be racist. -Every liberal.
    Jun 28, 20186
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      Latest liberal ideologies divide everyone in racial groups, gender groups etc.

      Horribly divisive ideology.
      Jun 28, 2018
    • Amazon / EngWRyY10
      A bit ironic when the mantra as Trump was elected was “he will not divide us”. Don’t you think?
      Jun 28, 2018
    • Microsoft / EngQwerty.
      Libertarians aren't really Trump supporters. They could vote dem or rep. Really depends on the specific candidates that are running.

      I can't vote but I'd be libertarian if I were American.
      Jun 28, 2018
    • Lyft TrexPrime
      JustDGAF, spot on. I think most liberals are well meaning, they just don't realize how problematic and divisive it is to think of people as members of a group first and individuals second. They try to recognize and empathize with other people's experiences (as everyone should) in an effort to be inclusive, but they do so in a way that subverts the individual experience to their narrow understanding of that group's experience. It's why you see them ostracize those who don't fit within the confines of their narrative/identity politics, like Kanye West (a black Trump supporter), Peter Thiel (a gay conservative), etc. A turning point for me was realizing that generally the conservatives in my life were the ones who were always open to debate any idea on their substance/merit, while liberals would resort to shaming and bully tactics if your viewpoints conflicted with theirs. They do not tolerate true ideological diversity. Notice how here on blind when liberals are confronted with this point, they will often resort to shaming the person for being a dumb/racist/xenophobic Trump supporter instead of having an honest, civil conversation about the topic with no name calling or shaming. Any individual or group that derives its power from shaming as opposed to the merit of its own ideas is the fascist one. Thankfully, many people are finally realizing this.
      Jun 29, 2018
    • Kronos / Otherdjjdheufkk
      The problem is not that liberal see "groups" first, it is that we ALL do, in many cases subconsciously. Racism isn't always a concious. And of course conservatives are always open for debate, the status quo is fucking easy to defend. Why should I have an honest/heartfelt conversation with someone who doesn't think I have the right to a family, a right not to be fired for being gay?
      Jul 31, 2018
    • Kronos / Otherdjjdheufkk
      You don't think conservatives engage in shaming? They call women who want access to family planning "whores". They call people using social services "leeches". They call people like me "perverts". Recently Trump referred to immigrants as an "infestation".
      Jul 31, 2018
  • Microsoft JsonBlob
    What is libertarianism?
    Jun 28, 201814
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      When it doesn’t curtail the livelihood, civil liberties or inflict undue harm on a fellow individual.
      Jun 28, 2018
    • Microsoft JsonBlob
      That is way to broad. Also, you came up with your own definition here.. in a functioning society, all people need to agree on that. But if individual’s right is paramount, then each one will have a different definition of what is peaceful and honest. Some people will think that selling heroine on the streets is peaceful and honest. The buyer as an individual should have the right to choose. Some will think no that fucking inflicts harm on a fellow individual, who might get addicted. So who arbitrates and sets a common framework
      Jun 28, 2018
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    • Microsoft JsonBlob
      Can’t wait to read that!
      Jun 28, 2018
    • Coupang / Eng
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      Sounds more like you cared a little then stopped when you realized you couldn't sustain it.
      Jun 28, 2018
    • Google / Eng🐔block
      Should it be legal to sell your underage daughter for sex so that you can buy some cocaine? Or should big govnment stop you?

      I guess the question is: how small is too small for government?
      Jun 28, 2018
    • Oscar / Eng
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      Small government means no social welfare. No thanks.
      Jun 28, 2018
    • Amazon / Design🧐...
      Libertarianism in the US would equate to a police state. People believe mean words are a threat to their civil liberties. We’d all be in jail after the first year.
      Jun 28, 2018
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      @Google Inflicting harm on another individual is antithetical to Libertarians
      Jun 28, 2018
    • Kronos / Otherdjjdheufkk
      Libertarianism is anti-civilization.
      Jul 31, 2018
  • Cisco SOQJ47
    Libertarianism does not scale to the level of society. Maybe it would work more in a small town in Alaska where you have a small close knit community but in a city and a cluster of cities it's kind of hard to maintain without a functioning government.
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    • Airbnb / OtherHnlsx
      Exactly
      Jun 28, 2018
    • Indeed / EngRainytimes
      You are thinking about anarchy totally different
      Jun 28, 2018
    • Cisco SOQJ47
      Show me a government system at the scale of a country that is actually libertarianism. It's not even a proper government system.
      Jun 28, 2018
    • Sapient Razorfish
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      It’s smaller government, still government.
      Jun 28, 2018
    • Cisco SOQJ47
      No example given.
      Jun 28, 2018
    • Sapient Razorfish
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      US was Libertarian.

      The federal government had 17 enumerated powers, and numerous other countries copied that model in 1776 and 1787.

      Our Constitution was meant to be liberating from government, and demonstrated that government was to be very limited and serve primarily to protect our lives and liberty. However, now we have the Bill of Rights being trampled on nearly every day.

      We are not as free as (most) Americans were in 1787, but we still live damn good lives. American quality of life is still the highest in the world. One day, unless we restore sound principles to government, it will not be, but for now, let us enjoy the prosperity that was built off the backs of capitalism.
      Jun 28, 2018
    • Facebook AFIQ86
      What about Hong Kong before the British handed it over and even somewhat after?
      Jul 11, 2018
    • Kronos / Otherdjjdheufkk
      Yeah I'm sure all the slaves and women who were property loved when we were "Libertarian"
      Jul 31, 2018
    • Kronos / Otherdjjdheufkk
      Maybe white men were more free under that era, but sure as shit nobody else.
      Jul 31, 2018
  • Kroger ECaz32
    Most people are libertarian, they just dont realize it.
    Jun 28, 20182
    • Microsoft / EngQwerty.
      I'd say most agree with some libertarian stances since libertarians have some liberal and some conservative views.

      I know many people who are hard party line and can't fathom that a decent person could be from the other party. Even some of my friends who can't vote, like myself, still stick their values with a party line.
      Jun 28, 2018
    • Kronos / Otherdjjdheufkk
      Libertarianism only works if the population has the same set of values and can police themselves. It's a fantasy.
      Jul 31, 2018
  • What's your view on the freedom for Christian businesses to discriminate against LGBTIQ or to impose their values on them? And should racists have the freedom to verbally abuse minorities in public?
    Jun 28, 20188
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      Selling off-the-shelf cakes to LGBTIQ individuals should be required. Customizing a cake in a manner that conflicts with the employee’s religious beliefs should not be mandated.

      Racism of all types should be tempered. Innuendo or supposition of intent is more nuanced and should be dealt with responsibly.
      Jun 28, 2018
    • Fair enough
      Jun 28, 2018
    • New IQnG03
      Two provocative ways to ask those questions, no?

      Freedom for any business to only produce what they choose? It's not discrimination to refuse to be required to do something for someone... Requiring work is called slavery or servitude. It IS discrimination if a business refuses to provide what they have. It's not servitude to make a business do work they do or sell what they make available.

      Really not hard to come to terms on and the U.S. making a scandal out of this is why so many Americans are further and further apart from the another.

      You can make me sell what I have to anyone. You can make me provide what I provide.

      You can't make me work to provide something I don't. It's that simple.

      I bake a cake and Hitler wants to buy it, I have to sell it. I bake cakes and a gay couple wants to buy one, I have to make them one. BUT... When the table turns and the customer requires I make something I don't want to make... That's the line. For any reason.

      That's not even a discriminatory issue, it's common sense: forcing someone to do labor inconsistent with what they do is immoral. Forcing them to sell what they have or provide what they can is not.

      If they decide to be a jerk and not MAKE a cake with Hitler and Marilyn Monroe, or a Gay Couple, a pregnant teen holding a shotgun marrying her cousin, or a stereotypical heteronormative couple, they have every right to do that If they wouldn't normally do so in the course of THEIR business.

      Should anyone have the freedom to say anything to anyone? Yes. Unequivocally. Period. End of discussion. There can be no arbiter of what is hate speech, it's a subjective idea.
      Jun 28, 2018
    • Fine to the cake thing, but I disagree about the freedom to be an asshole.
      Jun 28, 2018
    • New IQnG03
      Who defines asshole? Is saying the N word sufficient? Illegal you're suggesting... So jail time? Or does intent matter? Tone? What If I say it nicely between friends but someone overhears it and reports me?

      Maybe it's not a word, you're saying verbally abusive so there's some length of phrases that would have to be considered, no?

      And lawmakers would determine these for us right?

      Maybe they decide verbal abuse against Hispanics is wrong but they don't include Asian slurs because hey, 'while a minority population wise, that minority isn't disadvantaged are they?' /s ;)

      But that's notable, you said against minorities so not white people? That's okay.
      Jun 28, 2018
    • Usually it's minorities who get abused, not the other way around. In most countries whites are the minority. But I think it's not okay to abuse anyone, whether minority or not. And usually it's pretty clear what the intent is when it's legitimate abuse.
      Jun 28, 2018
    • New IQnG03
      I agree with all that, and I get you. Now, define what's pretty clear to you in a way that everyone agrees so toy can make it a law. How are you proposing we take away people's freedom to be an asshole.
      Jun 28, 2018
    • I'm not even talking about what's legal and what's not, or how to enforce anything. I was asking the OPs opinion about whether he thinks it's right or wrong for people to act that way based on his ideals as a libertarian.
      Jun 28, 2018
  • Twitter / OtherTweeple
    Do you like Ayn Rand, or love Ayn Rand?
    Jun 28, 20183
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      Like not love
      Jun 28, 2018
    • Oscar / Eng
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      Hi. I am real and I am pretty friendly. Just here for some happiness.
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      John McAfee?
      Jun 28, 2018
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  • Classy wNYq00
    What made you change you views? I’ve dabbled in libertarianism when I was younger but as someone who will eventually age and retire, I want strong Medicare for myself. And am pro quite a few safety nets, especially since over 80% of welfare recipients are disabled or caring for a disabled loved one. I worry about what will happen to those people if we eliminate government resources. I also thing our trend to lower taxes over the last few decades (baby boomers!) have left our bridges in a compromising state and many of our roads look like they belong in a third world country, not the US.
    Jun 28, 20182
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      I believe govt should efficiently invest in mandatory public services like: military (although smaller than current), infrastructure, and basic social services.

      Wasteful spending and the exasperated bureaucratic process tend to be an ineffective use of taxpayer funds.
      Jun 28, 2018
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      I changed views after noticing the vitriol towards middle America, blatant identity politics (aka racism/sexism), and exposed corruption of the DNC, Clinton campaign & disgraceful use of resources by the Clinton Foundation
      Jun 28, 2018
  • New IQnG03
    Passionate Libertarian here too. Stay out of my economy, stay out of my personal life. Really troubles me that so many Americans don't agree with that.

    Here's my question though, and it's one J genuinely have... How do you think our country might ever shift to these liberties when we already depend on the government for so much? Will it happen or are we just a political party?
    Jun 28, 20182
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      Takes time & perseverance
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      First comes the wake up call. Big government = waste & corruption.

      When society understands there’s an inverse correlation of “life, liberty & pursuit of happiness” to “high taxes, bureaucrats & inefficiencies of government”
      Jun 28, 2018
    • Kronos / Otherdjjdheufkk
      Libertarism only works if everyone has the same values.
      Jul 31, 2018
  • Apple Lionel!
    Views on lgbt rights, abortion, immigration?
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      LGBT are individuals. Live the life that suits you, but don’t impose your view on others. It’s your life, I have no say in how you live it.

      Abortion is tricky.
      In the less than 9% of cases where the mother’s health is in jeopardy (or rape/incest) mother has full control over her body. In the majority of healthy cases mother and father’s consent should be considered.

      More legal immigration. Bring more skilled workers from India & China. But less illegal immigration.
      Jun 28, 2018
  • Netflix Budmound
    How do libertarians tackle the big problems without immediate business interests? Environmental protections, space exploration, etc.
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      You don't. That's someone else's problem.
      Jun 28, 2018
    • Airbnb / OtherHnlsx
      Magic
      Jun 28, 2018
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      Environmental protections are handled based on level of destructive nature. eg/ reduce fossil fuel incentives
      Jun 28, 2018
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      Space exploration only when there’s a clear return on investment
      Jun 28, 2018
    • Cisco SOQJ47
      Government funded space exploration helps countless industries for the nation.
      Jun 28, 2018
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      That’s great for the companies, but also need clear ROI for country.
      Jun 28, 2018
    • Cisco SOQJ47
      A country with a strong industry is inherently better off. Don't be so short sighted.
      Jun 28, 2018
  • Spotify KXAo87
    How do you think externalities should be handled, for example climate change due to co2 output?
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      Most Libertarians find the use of fossil fuels to be a lazy approach to capitalism.

      Innovation (and thus the reward for innovation) should never be impeded by old technology.
      Jun 29, 2018
    • Cisco SOQJ47
      But how do you handle it?
      Jun 29, 2018
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      I’m not a politician. Nor am I an expert in the energy industry.

      My voting position, however, is to encourage smart grid construction and proliferation of renewable energy (thus creating jobs and reducing population health risks due to pollution)
      Jun 29, 2018
    • Cisco SOQJ47
      That doesn't sound very libertarian.
      Jun 29, 2018
    • Spotify KXAo87
      Do you think natural resources which can be over exploited need to be regulated? For example, fisheries?
      Jun 30, 2018
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      Over hunting or fishing to the detriment of a species should have regulations.

      Regarding fisheries, however, due to the vast amount of sustenance needed to feed a population (and healthy food nonetheless) fisheries help mitigate destruction of natural habitats.
      Jun 30, 2018
  • Adobe Qwq
    If businesses really have the power to pay everyone as little as possible, what is your explanation for the fact that only a small proportion (3%?) of workers earn minimum wage or less? (Let alone 350K TC)
    Jun 29, 20182
  • Adobe Qwq
    IMHO, there's a decent libertarian argument for the benefits of natural resources going generally to the people; e.g., as Alaska distributes oil royalties. Most libertarians agree with the Lockeian conception of property (self-ownership, property rights derived from the right to product of one's labor), but natural resources are arguably part of what Locke referred to as "the common" that belongs to everyone and is the product of no one's labor (or the resultant economic value vastly exceeds extraction costs).
    Jun 30, 20180
  • Spotify KXAo87
    Do you think the fda provides a useful role in ensuring safe medicines?
    Jun 30, 20183
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      Good purpose, but needs an operating overhaul.

      It’s over burdened by bureaucracy, slowing it down and infiltrated with pharma lobbyists: more money in keeping people sick than curing the illness.
      Jun 30, 2018
    • Spotify KXAo87
      Do you have any citations for that? How do you propose to overhaul? Privatize it?
      Jul 2, 2018
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      Lobbying/spending database, FDA
      https://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/agencysum.php?id=135

      Lots of detail here: (don’t believe all of it, but illustrates some good points)
      gle.com/amp/s/kkkk://www.globalresearch.ca/the-evils-of-big-pharma-exposed/5425382/amp

      Privatize: no.
      However, utilize global resources/budgets, shift investment priorities to rapid testing, decentralized ledgers, shared global technologies.

      Reduces total spending per country. Gives participating nations first use.
      Jul 2, 2018
  • Spotify KXAo87
    Do you agree with the idea of farm subsidies? Do you think that price stability in foods is worth the interference with the free market?
    Jun 30, 20182
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      Tough one.
      One one hand I’m inclined to let the free market sort out the price, but knowing full well the implications on a broader populace may have dire consequences.

      Due to our land mass I’d look into international trade tariffs first to find other ways to reduce government spending.
      Jun 30, 2018
    • Spotify KXAo87
      I don't think subsidies are a cost issue, it's more a principles issue
      Jul 2, 2018
  • With a low or nonexistent minimum wage, businesses will pay as little as possible because they know hungry people are desperate for jobs and will take anything. So unskilled workers are forced to take 2-3 jobs to support themselves and their families, and they can't improve their situation because they don't have time outside of work.

    Do you think that's fair?
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      While there should be some level of worker protections, the challenge with the current minimum wage debate is that it’s mostly an emotional platitude for votes in larger urban areas.

      Wages are relevant to expenses. Expenses vary depending on zip code dramatically.
      Jun 29, 2018
    • It's not a platitude when there are people working full-time who aren't able to support themselves.
      Jun 30, 2018

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