Us pesky libertarians:
These people – who wish to undermine society as we know it and who would end all social security, state pensions, public health services, state education and much more besides – want to overturn society as we know it.
I\’d be fascinated if Ritchie could find any single person in the United Kingdom (outside an institution for the terminally confused) who would argue for that list there. I know many, am one myself, who would argue for changes in the way that all of those are done, for perhaps a reduction in the State\’s provision of them and more use of markets.
But the actual abolition? Of, for example, public health services? I might not think that the NHS is the crowning glory of civilisation, this is true, but abolishing State run or financed emergency rooms? Sewers (probably the most important public health measure ever)? Vaccination programs?
I think we can officially declare this the largest strawman argument presented recently, no?
Why is it then that this vicious, self interested and, might I suggest inherently socially violent group are allowed to make this sort of contribution – as they do all over so many blogs where those with real concern for society, from across the mainstream political spectrum, seek to discuss issues in an open, rational and respectful fashion?
Called free speech Ritchie. Get used to it.
I would love, for example, to see far-right libertarians thrown off the Guardian bogs (snigger-Tim) as a matter of course – which might improve their appeal to many others as a result.
It is time we named these people for what they are – as being amongst the enemies of civilised society.
I am happy to do that. It would be good if others would do the same – and fight them as we do racists.
Libertarians, inherently socially violent who should be anathematised as if they were racists.
What a liberal vision of society, eh?