I've been contemplating libertarians, skepticism, Ayn Rand, Ron Paul, and the facade that most modern libertarians present to the world. A review of current libertarian principles (such as they are) leads me to the conclusion that this modern incarnation of libertarianism is incompatible with skepticism. This is mostly focused toward the U.S. due to Ron Paul running for president.
This is the first of a three-part series on skepticism and libertarianism. Let's review a few terms first:
1a person inclined to question or doubt accepted opinions.
a person who doubts the truth of Christianity and other religions; an atheist.
2 Philosophy an ancient or modern philosopher who denies the possibility of knowledge, or even rational belief, in some sphere.
1an adherent of libertarianism:[as modifier]:libertarian philosophy
a person who advocates civil liberty.
2a person who believes in free will.
the state of being subject only to laws established for the good of the community, especially with regard to freedom of action and speech:under Conservative rule civil liberty became seriously eroded[as modifier]:civil liberty groups
(civil liberties) a person’s rights to be subject only to laws established for the good of the community:growing threats to our civil liberties.
I'll be working with these definitions as I progress through the series. You'll note that 'civil liberty' is defined as something that ensures laws are established for the good of the community. Allons-y.
Here are a few ways that the government regulates society as a whole to protect the good of the community: