Saturday, 27 September 2014

Asimov and Carlin on libertarianism


'He always pictured himself a libertarian, which to my way of thinking means "I want the liberty to grow rich and you can have the liberty to starve". It's easy to believe that no one should depend on society for help when you yourself happen not to need such help.' -- Isaac Asimov, in I. Asimov : A Memoir (1994), p. 308

'One of the more pretentious political self-descriptions is "Libertarian." People think it puts them above the fray. It sounds fashionable, and to the uninitiated, faintly dangerous. Actually, it's just one more bullshit political philosophy.' -- George Carlin, in Napalm and Silly Putty (2002), p. 261


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