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  •  More personal freedom is part of libertarianism. (2+ / 0-)
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    apimomfan2, LSmith

    And the danger is, if Republicans stop trying to restrict people's freedom to smoke what they want and various other social issues where the GOP traditionally believes in authoritarianism (e.g. pregnancy choices and end-of-life choices), then some people who are liberal on social issues might switch to the GOP.

    Let's face it, currently the main reason for liberals to vote for Democrats is because they believe in more personal freedoms rather than government control of your body. On economic issues, Democrats have moved so far to the right that they often come across as "Republican lite" and merely the "lesser of two evils." If the GOP stops trying to take away people's personal freedoms, their brand will improve. Democrats would then either lose market share or else (hopefully) move left on economic issues to differentiate themselves from the GOP. Considering how much the establishment Dems are funded by Wall Street, however, I suspect we'd just end up with two major parties that are more similar than ever: both corporatist, and both moderate-to-liberal on social issues.

    The most serious problem in American politics today is that people with wrong ideas are uncompromising, and people with good ideas are submissive and unwilling to fight. Change that, and we might have a real democracy again.

    by Eric Stetson on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 05:07:14 PM PST

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