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flwyd ([personal profile] flwyd) wrote2017-05-06 04:53 pm
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Liberty and Death Sticks

I'm sympathetic to a lot of libertarian arguments, but I've always felt put off by the prominent position in which American libertarians place firearms. I just thought of a punchy way to express why it bothers me.

You're not at liberty as long as someone's pointing a gun at your head.

Libertarians tend to focus on unchecked power in government hands. But I'm worried about unchecked power in anyone's hands, particularly if I don't trust their trigger reflexes.

(Previous thinking about libertarian gun arguments.)
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[personal profile] randomdreams 2017-05-07 02:41 am (UTC)(link)
I am personally much more worried about unchecked power in the hands of corporations, than either unchecked power in the hands of guys who buy machine guns, or the government. Corporations would grind up children for food if they could, and if corporations are still doing things that injure people, the government is not strong enough.