▶Free Speech TV: Video: Conversations With Great Minds: Ron Paul with Thom Hartmann

Property Rights

Property Rights

▶ Conversations With Great Minds: Ron Paul with Thom Hartmann – YouTube.

I’m all in favor of individual freedom and property rights as a Liberal. That we not only own our physical possessions as well as financial along with ourselves. Until we hurt innocent people either intentionally or unintentionally. But where I differ with Libertarians is what to do when people or organizations use their property to hurt innocent people. Either intentionally or unintentionally. In a pure Libertarian society government wouldn’t step in as a regulator so what are innocent people to do when they are harmed by others. Ron Paul might say they would be able to sue but if they don’t have those resources what are they to. Do then, tough luck you should’ve made more money and been more successful?

As a Liberal not a Libertarian or Socialist I believe in a regulatory system from government. Not to run the economy and business’s but to serve as a regulator to protect innocent people. Innocent consumers and workers from those who would hurt them intentionally or unintentionally. What Libertarians seem to be saying today is that if you get government out-of-the-way and let the free market. In their minds corporations, that everything will take care of itself and we’ll all benefit. That corporations will regulate themselves, the problem is that they had in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. And we saw Americans essentially working as slaves and under unsafe working conditions. Polluting the environment and so forth. Which is why we need a regulator to essentially protect the innocent. Not to run our lives but to protect us from predators.


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2 Responses to ▶Free Speech TV: Video: Conversations With Great Minds: Ron Paul with Thom Hartmann

  1. I think I understand where you’re coming from. However, I don’t think many libertarians disagree that governments have a proper role in controlling the use of force (including fraud) committed against others. Even though businesses in an unhampered market have a profit incentive to maintain their product reputation to outcompete rivals, I also don’t think many libertarians disagree that we need product certification agencies, like what exist for the sports memorabilia, dietary, and electronics industries. Nevertheless, libertarians like Charles Johnson (for example) have also stressed the importance of grassroots social activism to hold businesses accountable.

    Independent voluntary certification agencies must earn and maintain the confidence of consumers, and innovation and experimentation aren’t shackled by the controls put in place by established businesses with political pull. Just think of the progress (or lack of it) that would have occurred in the computer industry had governments enforced how computers were built or how memory was designed. You may think a risk is worthwhile, or even nonexistent, but your judgement would be irrelevant, because they say so.

    Thanks for the interesting post and take care!

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