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"... if I’m going to write something that will remain on the internet, available to anyone, it has to be decent." Columnist Nathan Kreider and Being Libertarian celebrate 100 editions of Kreider's popular weekly 'Misconceptions' with a retrospective on some of the more notable installations.
"It would be asking too much -- and hypocritical of this author -- that all libertarians understand foreign policy as well as Scott Horton, but at the very least the average libertarian criticizing intervention in the Middle East should be able to identify these nations and their major cities on a map," writes Nathan Kreider in this edition of Misconceptions.
Libertarianism has typically been rather ambivalent on cultural matters. “Thick” libertarians extend libertarianism beyond nonaggression to issues of culture, typically social liberalism or progressivism,...
"Order does not necessarily refer to rules established by an overarching centralized organization, though it can be. An orderly society is one that is a harmonious arrangement, a state of peace, and respect for proper authority," writes Nathan Kreider in this edition of Misconceptions.
"These arguments aren’t very convincing. What should matter the most is the truth, not ideological purity. If someone makes an argument, responding with “That’s not a libertarian position” or “You’re not a real libertarian for believing that” doesn’t actually rebut the argument."
"An ideology can be principled and consistent, but it is entirely worthless (destructive, even) if it is not in line with reality," writes Nathan Kreider in this edition of Misconceptions.
"... we can say with confidence that right-libertarians represent the values of Burkean conservatism far better than modern establishment conservatives," writes Nathan Kreider in this edition of Misconceptions.
"Sometimes the best thing to do is let activists on the left do their thing, and respond by providing a better alternative," writes Nathan Kreider in this edition of Misconceptions.
"If a group is so intolerant that they are unwilling to discuss ideas and rely entirely on violence, then they must be met with violence. In other words, Popper is simply saying that a nonviolent society must, at the very least, believe in a right to use violence as a form of self-defense," writes Nathan Kreider in this edition of Misconceptions.
Capitalism has been, perhaps, the most misconstrued and misused term I’ve ever come across. For an average person, capitalism is evocative of extraordinary images...