Gillespie off mark
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Gillespie off mark
Philosopher Ayn Rand's decades-ago description of the Libertarian Party as “hippies of the right” remains apt despite Reason.com editor Nick Gillespie labeling it a “myth” in his column “5 myths about libertarianism” (Aug. 11 and TribLIVE.com).
As Ms. Rand noted, liberty and non-initiation of force are principles that are reached by a chain of reasoning that derives from an entire philosophical system, which includes distinct viewpoints on the nature of reality and the nature of man. It is only with that philosophical basis that one can properly advocate for capitalism without getting mired in contradictions, rationalizations and compromises that characterize many of today's so-called defenders of capitalism.
Moreover, and contrary to Mr. Gillespie's position, there is no “political spectrum” when it comes to liberty — either one believes man must be free to use his rational faculty in order to flourish and one therefore advocates for the inviolability of individual rights, or one does not. For Gillespie to ignore these facts and then claim Rand as a huge influence on the party is intellectually dishonest.
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