Friday, April 8, 2016

Libertarianism, Interventionism, and the Golden Mean

The so-called interventionism/"third way"/"mixed economy", etc. is not a golden mean between "absolute freedom" and absolute slavery, just as beating someone unconscious is not a golden mean between leaving someone in peace and beating him to death. Interventionism - as shown by Mises - is always absolute slavery in the making, that is, an extreme position in an unambiguously negative sense of the term.

On the other hand, "absolute freedom" - or simply consistent and principled freedom, limited exclusively by the equal freedom of others - is a golden mean between enslaving others and allowing others to enslave you. In other words, in the context of the principle of the golden mean, the libertarian attitude towards individual liberty is a perfect example of a moderate position, an ethical optimum between the extremes of various forms of slave relations.

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