Does anyone here subscribe to left libertarianism??
Always enjoy the discussions here.
This sub strikes me as an implicitly right libertarian one. For many Americans (myself at times included), it can be difficult to imagine what left libertarianism is, but I am wondering if anyone here subscribes to this latter philosophy in light of the fact that the sub name does not qualify its libertarian ideas as right or left. Many Americans understand libertarianism as freedom from things (oppression, rules, government) as opposed to freedom to things.
To understand what I’m talking about, take a second look at the Bill of Rights. Save the right to a fair trial, the amendments having to do with freedoms are all about what the government is not allowed to do to you. The government does not provide you with a gun, nor a platform for speech, nor a press, nor will it build your church, but it will make no laws from stopping you from obtaining or exercising those things.
FDR understood freedom as the right to obtain certain things that are inherently freeing: a good job with a decent wage, food, health insurance. As I understand it, left libertarianism is all about doing what you want because you have been provided with the means to do so. The market is a means to maximize freedom, not an end or a form of freedom in and of itself.
Interested to hear your thoughts on this duality
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