A set of principles for contemporary libertarian conservatives.

About: TCS Daily - Request for Ideological Comment

Here are my comments (IATF RFC) on this document:

Economic Principles 1-4: I agree.

Ethical Principles:
5. Government cannot legislate morality, but it does mess with the incentives. Those incentives should never be tilted against the institution of the family whose mission is to raise children to be fine, upstanding citizens.
This paragraph is unclear.  Is it saying that government should not "mess" with incentives or is this just just about family?  If we are pro-messing, then can we find a better term for it ... i suggest "affect incentives".   Let me ask a specific question:  if reduced gasoline consumption is deemed important for our continued quality of life, then should government disincentive that consumption?    If this principal is just about family, then you should clarify what it means.  Is it in here to protect a parents right to discipline their children ... even by whipping them?
6. We maintain an ongoing conversation about morality and ethics. This conversation is informed by the Ten Commandments and Biblical scripture. It is informed by the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address, and Dr. Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech. It is vital to continue the conversation, even when consensus is difficult.
It is unclear to me what the intention of this principal is.  I believe that it is unwise to allow our governing to be manipulated by sectarian beliefs.  The principal of separation of church and state is, imho, inviolate.  This paragraph could be used as an excuse to violate it.
7. Like new businesses, new moral ideals can revitalize our society, even though many of them fail. For example, we recognize that we are a better people without racial segregation or barriers to the education and career opportunities for women. However, we judge some social experiments to be failures, including eugenics, Communism, and nihilistic cultural relativism.
"Cultural relativism" has become a propoganda term.  Adding the word "nihilistic" makes it just a smear against some of the valid findings of the sciences of sociology and anthropology.  What is the intent of this paragraph?

International Principles:

Sorry these are not my principles.  My principals would be based on
The Prime Directive.  Under my principles the Bush Doctrine would be rejected.  I enjoy the freedoms that we have in the USA and believe that we should preserve them at all costs and that they can inform other peoples of the world, but we have no right or motive to spread them by dint of force.

Summary:

After studying your principles I am not sure that they are stated clearly or that i can agree with them.  They seem to hide too many hidden adgendas to which i would not subscribe. 
Here is a statement of libertarianism that is closer to my own positions.


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