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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Libertarian Talking Points: The Redistribution of Wealth

In this series called "Libertarian Talking Points", we pose a succinct talking point to slip into a debate that aims for the heart of an issue - avoiding the "politically safe" answer, and actually trying to convince people of both the moral and effectual justifications for liberty.

You argue its effectiveness, or propose how to rephrase it to win hearts and minds.

If the topic of socialism is brought up...

"I believe in the redistribution of wealth. I believe that those who have created value through intuition, ingenuity or innovation to serve the needs of others, deserve our wealth in exchange for an even greater value in return. I believe that on an individual level, each one of us has a moral responsibility to help others in whatever way our conscience best determines. And I believe that the coercion of either or any of these things is completely antithetical to freedom."

Eric Olsen,
Regular Columnist, THL
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