What is the libertarian stance on banning members of government from owning stocks?
I’m curious on whether it would contradict the libertarian ideology or not.
On one hand members of the government are people and should have the freedom to trade. Who are we to restrict them from doing so? But on the other hand members of the government can profit from decisions that they’re in charge of making. While that doesn’t sound too bad in fact at heart it’s rather harmless, but it can mean that members of the government don’t have our best interests at heart when making decisions that effect the whole country and other countries around the world. (This is obviously just a simple take on a more complex situation with many nuances)
I personally take the stance of banning them from it altogether and I don’t really care if it does contradict my association with the libertarian ideology since there are various other things I believe in that do. I’m just wondering if it does contradict libertarianism and what other libertarians think about it.
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