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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/11104/the-inclination-to-love-liberty/

The Inclination to Love Liberty

November 27, 2009 by

I got a chance to reconnect with former students and colleagues, and meet several people for the first time (even a few fans). I particularly enjoyed meeting Louis Carabini, the event’s sponsor. FULL ARTICLE by Gary Galles


Gil November 27, 2009 at 10:04 pm

“There are those inclined to liberty – freedom of the individual to live his life or her life in any peaceful way. And there are those who are inclined to mastery – permitting others to live their lives only as another sees fit.”

The author doesn’t consider the third everyday reality: those who live their lives the way they want to and don’t notice nor much care if some of their costs spill onto others (or, they want their freedoms but aren’t too concerned about others’ freedoms).

David November 27, 2009 at 10:27 pm


People who don’t notice or much care if their costs spill onto others are “inclined to mastery” and fall under the second category.

Guard January 4, 2010 at 9:15 am

Glad someone is stating the obvious: ANY LAW is an attempt by someone to force their views on someone else. Most of the discussions on this site about what government ought to do and be are based on an underlying assumption that under some circumstances violent force would be justified. I disagree, and therefore I am not going to do it. The discussion about totally eliminating government is a red herring: no such world is possible. If all governments disappeared tonight at midnight, by next week there would be associations of people forcing others to obey them. What IS entirely possible is for me to refuse to play the game. I am not going force anyone to do anything, I am not going to collect taxes for a government, I am not going to other countries to kill people, etc.

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