Social Justice Libertarianism with Elizabeth Tate With Elizabeth Tate

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  • Michael Bunch

    Social Injustice and Liberty

    Here’s an idea I had yesterday. On this site, we’ve discussed the concept of social justice and how it relates to liberty. One response that I thought was especially clever was from Mr. Fritz, who quoted Bastiat: “The law is the organization of the natural right of lawful defense. It is the substitution of a common force for individual forces. And this common force is to do only what the individual forces have a natural and lawful right to do: to protect persons, liberties, and properties; to maintain the right of each, and to cause justice to reign over us all”. And I rather liked what Mr. Barnes said about owning the language, so that we don’t get stuck in socialist definitions of words. So I wonder, we read so much about social justice and correcting social injustice, and yet how often do we see really intelligent ideas about what social injustice truly is? Rarely, I say. So as a creative exercise I was thinking on it and reading more Bastiat, and I thought the following. Liberty can correct social injustices far better than government regulation. And this is not just theoretical, but a picture of the universal reality. One example is interference in our money and market. The US government has only produced runaway inflation and devaluation of the dollar through market interference. This leads to increased food prices and diminution of wealth, which especially hurts the pocket of the working man. Surely we can infer, then, that government interference of the market is a social injustice, along with the inflation that directly comes from its meddling. Can others think of more examples? What other social injustices issue forth from government planning and how can the stance of liberty address it?

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  • Flagship Freedom

    Flagship Freedom Podcast

    Hello Liberty Community! We wanted to introduce ourselves as the latest liberty-based podcast to join the net. We recently chatted with Jeffery in an episode we will be releasing next week and he suggested we join the site to say hello, to meet fellow liberty-minded folks, and share our content with you! Here’s the most recent episode released today! Feel free to get a hold of us and let us know what you think! In their most controversial episode yet, Danny and Michael arrive very late to the party to plumb the depths of the possibly well-intentioned, though likely intellectually faulty social justice movement and find they have very different opinions as to why the movement exists.

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Most liberty-lovers will agree that not every evil is caused by the State. “Social justice” has long been a rallying-cry for the left, and is summarily dismissed by many libertarians. Should libertarians reconsider this stance? Should libertarians be feminists, and if so, why? Join Elizabeth Tate as she makes the case that social justice and liberty are a perfect fit Monday, December 15th at 9pm EST!

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