I am a fervent supporter of Libertarianism. My opinion is that many of the worlds problems would be helped by taking a more libertarian view to them. Liberty should be upheld as a principle objective when putting together solutions to our problems.
There are a number of types of Libertarianism. I am not a socialist and definitely much more a capitalist. Free will is very important. Having the freedom to start a business and compete is something that should be respected. I am not for all out anarchy. Whether socially or in the world of business. Of course there has to be regulation.
As George Orwell said :
The real division is not between conservatives and revolutionaries but between authoritarians and libertarians.
People who want to control other peoples lives for supposedly those peoples benefit should be looked at with plenty of suspicion. The state is not there to criminalise adults in order to protect these adults from themselves.
As Hany Ghoraba said :
People are naturally born as Libertarians till governments and oppressive societies force them to adopt their ideologies and their ways.
We should be encouraging the thought that the state is not there to control adults lives. History has shown that when the state acts to cure a supposed great evil, it can end up creating more and worse problems.
As G.K. Chesterton said :
I do not deny, but strongly affirm, the right of the State to interfere to cure a great evil. I say that in this case it would interfere to create a great evil; and I am not going to be turned from the discussion of that direct issue to bottomless botherations about Socialism and Individualism, or the relative advantages of always turning to the right and always turning to the left.
It is good to get these things off my chest!