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June 28, 2006

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Mike Huben

This is a nice illustration of states limiting use of their own legitimate powers in response to their citizenry. Something few libertarians will credit, instead referring to "grasping hand" rhetoric.

James

Mike,

If you've set up a cron job to make snide comments here, maybe you could include a feature that actually disagrees with something in the original post.

Chris

...legitimate powers, Mike?

From where? How is self-given authority legitimate?

Mike Huben

James, this is the COMMENTS section. I don't see you disagreeing with Miron: why are you posting here?

Chris: look up legitimate.

Chris

LEGITIMATE:

1 a : lawfully begotten; specifically : born in wedlock b : having full filial rights and obligations by birth
2 : being exactly as purposed : neither spurious nor false

3 a : accordant with law or with established legal forms and requirements
b : ruling by or based on the strict principle of hereditary right
4 : conforming to recognized principles or accepted rules and standards

So a government's "legitimate" powers are whatever they put into law? What makes the law a source of power or authority?

Mike Huben

Try harder, Chris. I didn't say look it up in a dictionary: that's never a place for political philosophy.

Wikipedia is an OK start for you.

James

Huben,

"I don't see you disagreeing with Miron:..."

So what? (Hint: Did I suggest that all comments should contradict Miron?)

"...why are you posting here?"

the purpose of my post above was to point out your tendency to point out how knee-jerk your statist emotions are. Even when you can't find any point of substantive disagreement with what a libertarian has said, you just post some snide remark.

Mike Huben

James, your problem is that you're not very subtle.

Miron frames this as "reasonable policy". I reframed to show that government was limiting its own powers, a key idea of liberalism, and counter to rational choice theory.

As for your characterization of "knee jerk", I think you're still projecting.

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