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Libertarians argue that no normal adult has the right
by Tom G. Palmer

Libertarians argue that no normal adult has the right
to impose choices on other normal adults,
except in abnormal circumstances, such as when one
person finds another unconscious and administers medical
assistance or calls an ambulance.
- Tom G. Palmer

Obviously, all of us have been influenced by those around us.
- Tom G. Palmer

Libertarians recognize the inevitable pluralism of
the modern world and for that reason assert that individual
liberty is at least part of the common good.
- Tom G. Palmer

Most Europeans have no idea how wild life can be in north America.
- Tom G. Palmer

 

Libertarians recognize the difference between adults and children,
as well as differences between normal adults and adults
who are insane or mentally hindered or retarded.
- Tom G. Palmer

Equality of rights means that some people cannot simply
impose obligations on others,
for the moral agency and rights of those others would then be violated.
- Tom G. Palmer

To repeat, communitarians maintain that we are constituted
as persons by our particular obligations,
and therefore those obligations cannot be a matter of choice.
- Tom G. Palmer

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Libertarians typically argue that particular obligations,
at least under normal circumstances,
must be created by consent; they cannot be unilaterally imposed by others.
- Tom G. Palmer

But there is no obvious reason for holding that some
normal adults are entitled to make choices for other normal adults,
as paternalists of both left and right believe.
- Tom G. Palmer

The government has become a mechanism for distributing largess,
and your census form is your ticket.
- Tom G. Palmer

The reason the government sells the census as your
ticket to getting goodies -
rather than as your civic duty -
is that distributing goodies is now all the government does.
- Tom G. Palmer

It is precisely because neither individuals nor small
groups can be fully self-sufficient that cooperation
is necessary to human survival and flourishing.
- Tom G. Palmer

What libertarians assert is simply that differences
among normal adults do not imply different fundamental rights.
- Tom G. Palmer

Abstraction is a mental process we use when trying
to discern what is essential or relevant to a problem;
it does not require a belief in abstract entities.
- Tom G. Palmer

Guardians are necessary for children and abnormal adults,
because they cannot make responsible choices for themselves.
- Tom G. Palmer

If an individual is born with the obligation to obey,
who is born with the right to command?
- Tom G. Palmer

Group personification obscures, rather than illuminates,
important political questions.
- Tom G. Palmer

It is obvious that different individuals require different things to live good,
healthy, and virtuous lives.
- Tom G. Palmer

Obligations may be universal or particular.
- Tom G. Palmer

The first census in 1790 asked just six questions:
the name of the head of the household,
the number of free white males older than 16,
the number of free white males younger than 16,
the number of free white females, the number of other free persons,
and the number of slaves.
- Tom G. Palmer

The real boneheads are the libertarians.
- Peter Brimelow

I'm as radical as libertarians come.
- L. Neil Smith

Civil libertarians have raised concerns that some of
the Patriot Act's provisions infringe on Constitutional rights.
Those concerns are not supported by the facts.
- Roger Wicker

That's libertarians for you - anarchists who want police
protection from their slaves.
- Kim Stanley Robinson

Most libertarians are worried about government but
not worried about business.
I think we need to be worrying about business in exactly
the same way we are worrying about government.
- John Perry Barlow

When you argue with reality,
you lose - but only always.
- Byron Katie

I argue thee that love is life.
And life hath immortality.
- Emily Dickinson

Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they're yours.
- Richard Bach

Make sure you never, never argue at night.
You just lose a good night's sleep,
and you can't settle anything until morning anyway.
- Rose Kennedy

Each of us holds a different image of God.
There are as many perspectives on
the nature of God as there are people.
However much any of us may choose to argue,
or to fight and kill, for our point of view,
the nature of God is an unanswerable question.
Perhaps there is a specific answer,
that we will never learn - in this lifetime.
Perhaps the nature of God is so complex and multifaceted
that each view of God describes an aspect of the complex whole.
Or perhaps the nature of God is actually defined by our beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry
always gets the best of the argument.
- Voltaire

It is better to discuss things, to argue and engage
in polemics than make perfidious plans of mutual destruction.
- Mikhail Gorbachev

If we change the definition of marriage to be more inclusive,
then it is logical to argue that we should broaden
the definition so that won't exclude anyone.
- Jack Kingston

It doesn't do any good to argue.
Be kind.
- Richard G. Scott

Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink.
I needn't argue with that; I'm right and I will be proved right.
We're more popular than Jesus now;
I don't know which will go first - rock and roll or Christianity.
- John Lennon

With whom do you argue? With a woman,
of course.
Not with a friend, because he accepted all your defects the moment he found you.
Besides, woman is mother-have we forgotten?
- Marcello Mastroianni

The Greens have every right to run, that's what democracy is,
and they should argue their point by saying how they
think people should vote,
not by telling us to be silent.
- Peter Camejo

I didn't think of myself as a tart, but I wouldn't
argue with anyone who did.
- Julian Clary

Whenever two good people argue over principles,
they are both right.
- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

I'm not altogether certain that a fundamentalism of
necessity has to argue that it is the only reading
of the human experience in order to stay alive.
- Chaim Potok

Argue with anything else, but don't argue with your own nature.
- Philip Pullman

There isn't a theologian in the world who can argue with me on this.
God has no gender.
If that's the case, then everything needs to be rewritten now,
right now.
- Susan Powter

I will argue my points; I will have my opinions.
But at the end of the day, it's the director's choice.
- Amy Irving

Students need to learn how to think critically,
how to argue opposing ideas.
It is important for them to learn how to think.
You can always cook.
- Charlie Trotter

Pianists don't argue too much generally because we
have such a hard time just getting things right;
arguing is for string players.
- Emanuel Ax

It is as absurd to argue men, as to torture them,
into believing.
- John Henry Newman

Never argue with your characters; they know themselves better than you do.
- Laurell K. Hamilton

People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

But I would argue that a longer war it's more difficult
to keep records than a shorter war.
- Christopher Shays

Why argue about things you can't prove?
- William Ruckelshaus

Scholars will argue with each other about everything.
- Peter Jennings

How you first meet the public is how the industry sees you.
You can't argue with them.
That's their perception.
- Meryl Streep

If there's ever a place where you can't argue that
you can put the facts over here and the text over there and see if they fit,
it is surely in anthropology.
- Clifford Geertz

Fear not those who argue but those who dodge.
- Dale Carnegie

We did this film in 13 days, mind you.
And 13 days is not very long for a feature film.
Nobody in their right mind would argue that.
Nobody in their right mind would do that.
- Kurtwood Smith

When we argue for our limitations, we get to keep them.
- Evelyn Waugh

The girls are a complete joy and I love their passion.
They argue with me like mad and I love that too.
- Bob Geldof

I still find it hard to understand that anyone could
argue that you can't have machines that exhibit consciousness.
- Iain Banks

Whenever you argue with another wiser than yourself
in order that others may admire your wisdom,
they will discover your ignorance.
- Saadi

It's absolutely not acceptable for people to argue that,
if we are going to do anything about climate change at all,
well, the responsibility lies solely with the individual.
- Peter Garrett

Give me the liberty to know, to utter,
and to argue freely according to conscience,
above all liberties.
- John Milton

I toyed with the idea of pursuing a career as a lawyer
just because I like to argue.
- Lexa Doig

It's good to have a leader, otherwise we argue too much.
- Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

I don't like guys who will lie down and take it.
I want someone who'll fight back.
I like people who can argue well.
- Sandra Bullock

What I argue is that if I'm going to be held accountable
for my actions that I should be allowed to record...
my actions.
Especially if somebody else is keeping a record of my actions.
- Steve Mann

It's why you create characters: so you can argue with yourself.
- Michael Ondaatje

Historians don't really like to carry on speculative debates,
but you could certainly argue that the likelihood of
a Soviet invasion of Western Europe was extremely,
extremely low.
- Aldrich Ames

Colonial governors and senior civil servants are not
easy people to argue with,
and I was not popular because of my criticism of the
colonial service in Kenya.
- Louis Leakey

I don't want to argue with my wife about her car -
or my driving.
- Dale Earnhardt

The law will argue any thing, with any body who will
pay the law for the use of its brains and its time.
- Wilkie Collins

I never had many problems to do my music and to give it to a record company.
Rarely do they try to argue with me about my music,
probably because it's still too far-out.
- Klaus Schulze


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