As mentioned in a previous post of mine, the American libertarian journalist John Stossel filmed a recent edition of his program The STOSSEL Show at the Students for Liberty 2013 International Conference.
For those of you who aren’t able to view the program due to a lack of pay television you can view segments of it on his website.
A part of the program which attracted some social and other media attention was neoconservative journalist Ann Coulter’s appearance, which led to a heated debate with Stossel and the young libertarian students present in the audience. In the midst of the debating fracas, Coulter labeled libertarians “pussies” on matters such as war, drugs and gay marriage.
I find myself in disagreement with Coulter against all three of the issues raised, in the following abbreviated ways:
(i) since I oppose the application of aggressive violence in principle, I therefore oppose the prosecution of aggressive acts of violence made by the state (self-defence is another matter). It should also be acknowledged that war is the health of the state, and a key factor in its historical expansion which has left individuals less free over time, so I’m deeply suspicious of government pleas to send even willing military personnel off to battlegrounds;
(ii) the war on drugs has been a colossal waste of time and money, ruining countless lives (not only for those languishing in prison cells on the basis of victimless crime of personal drug use), so end it by drug legalization; and
(iii) Coulter is right when she says that the state has an interest in undermining family, the basic building block of civil society. But the best way for the state to stop its undermining is to just get out of the way, so, in this context, privatise marriage!
Take a look at the Coulter segment, and express your thoughts about it.