Libertarianism is a political philosophy that holds that individuals
should be allowed complete freedom of action as long as they do not
infringe on the freedom of others. This is usually taken by
libertarians to mean that no one may initiate coercion, which they
define as the use of physical force, the threat of such, or the use of
fraud to prevent individuals from having wilful use of their person or
property. In the economic realm, they generally oppose taxation and
government regulation of business activities, and aim to reduce the
size and scope of government. To the extent that libertarians advocate
any government at all, its functions tend to be limited to protecting
civil liberties and economic liberties (by protecting private property
and a free market) through a police force, a military (with no
conscription), and the courts.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Colonel George Armstrong Custer is killed at the Battle of the Little
The Korean War, between the United Nations and North Korean forces,
Croatia and Slovenia declared their independence from Yugoslavia.
Kim Campbell was chosen as leader of the Progressive Conservative
Party and became the first female Prime Minister of Canada.
The Khobar Towers bombing in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia, left 19 U.S.
Wikiquote of the day:
"Political language— and with variations this is true of all
political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists— is designed to
make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an
appearance of solidity to pure wind." -- George Orwell