Would you be surprised if a Libertarian advocated welfare?

Posted by: Fight4Liberty

  • Yes, I would be surprised if a Libertarian advocated welfare.

  • No, I would not be surprised a Libertarian advocated welfare.

78% 7 votes
22% 2 votes
  • Yes. I am a libertarian and it goes against everything we stand for. We believe in private charity such as churches, private individuals, and private parties to provide welfare services, not the government. If you support any kind of big government program like welfare, you are not a true Libertarian.

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Haroush says2014-07-06T08:40:08.8815046-05:00
As well as economically liberal Libertarians... Just go look up the all the different types of Libertarians.
Subutai says2014-07-06T11:52:55.8259250-05:00
Define "libertarian".
Haroush says2014-07-06T12:05:19.2085275-05:00
Only geniuses ask questions.. (This isn't saying just because you ask questions, you are a genius either.) lol
natertig says2014-07-06T15:07:23.6179536-05:00
Socially Liberal Libertarians? I'm sorry, but government run welfare and food stamps are not SOCIAL issues, they are FISCAL issues.
AdamKG says2014-07-06T15:13:28.8911524-05:00
Technically, welfare is a social policy. There is a financial component to it, but it is a social policy because it directly relates to a social issue. Additionally, welfare is not necessarily financial assistance.
natertig says2014-07-06T15:14:47.2026504-05:00
Libertarian- A person who believes in the doctrine of free will. Which would not include the redistribution of wealth and/or taking from one group and giving to another.
natertig says2014-07-06T15:16:01.6104090-05:00
The reason this makes no sense is because Libertarians are historically skeptical of government involvement. Libertarians, by their own definition and platform, would NEVER put trust into the government to redistribute capital.
AdamKG says2014-07-06T15:17:28.8456090-05:00
I think someone who identified as a Liberal Libertarian is just kidding themselves. They might as well become a Liberal Democrat. Someone who claims to be Libertarian but also supports a large government with welfare sound like a Liberal Democrat.
natertig says2014-07-06T15:20:18.9490157-05:00
I agree with you Adam, and I also saw your comment about welfare being a social issue. This is one thing that is debated. I feel it is more of a fiscal issue, because it is included in spending bills and budgets, it is not an issue that can be fixed or implemented in one bill, but one that must be added in a budget. It also leads to the redistribution of wealth, which is obviously a fiscal issue.
AdamKG says2014-07-06T15:20:38.1995391-05:00
@natertig "The reason this makes no sense is because Libertarians are historically skeptical of government involvement. Libertarians, by their own definition and platform, would NEVER put trust into the government to redistribute capital." I agree with you.
AdamKG says2014-07-06T15:23:10.3161142-05:00
I am a Liberal Democrat so we probably disagree on that issue. However, I do see the logic behind your opinion. I have a friend who is a Libertarian.
natertig says2014-07-06T15:29:02.2978833-05:00
Well I don't really see it to be fair that the government can take from me and give to someone else. That's really not very fair. It's not my responsibility to provide for them.
natertig says2014-07-06T15:41:19.6572616-05:00
When someone gets something they didn't work for, someone worked for something that they didn't get.
Haroush says2014-07-06T16:20:08.3202106-05:00
Great discussion here!
Fight4Liberty says2014-07-06T18:00:49.8439725-05:00
- Everyone who saw I advocated welfare, I don't. My sibling decided it'd be fun to tinker/prank with my account.

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