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  •  The REAL argument is probably based on whose (3+ / 0-)
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    side the big government is on and whose ox it is goring: citizens in general or some oligarchy.

    Big government for the railroads and mine owners is just fine as long as it keeps those damn workers in line and even calls out troops to bust heads in their support. That, when you strip away all the chaff is what this brand of "Libertarian" is all about.

    When government is actually looking out for the interests of the common citizen and trust-busts or imposes restrictions on exploitation and abuse of the common citizen, such as telling some entrepreneur you cannot sell poison or cocaine in your home brew "medicine," then it is bad, bad big government.

    One of the most glaring flaws among those defending the "Libertarian" flag as noted in the article and here in this thread is flat out ignorance of the real history behind regulations and government interventions into commerce.

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Sun Apr 18, 2010 at 08:13:05 AM PDT

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