Jan
04

Why Liberals and Conservatives Suck at Political Discourse

Wrong on the InternetIt is taken in libertarianism as a truism: if you argue to the end to a government monopoly or a prohibition you will be accused of either – in the case of an ended monopoly – wanting that thing to end forever (like healthcare) or – in the case of ending a prohibition – advocating for the thing (like drugs).

So, most political conversations I have with liberals (usually about ending government monopolies) go like this:

Me: I believe that while healthcare must be delivered in such a way that there is no financial impediment to getting necessary healthcare for any member of society, we really must allow some level of private competition in order to gain the level of efficiency and cost-effectiveness that we need.

Liberal: You just want only rich people to be able to afford Doctors!

Me: That’s not exactly what I said. I think that all people, regardless of how much or how little they can afford, will be best served if we allow private interests to unleash the creative spirit of humanity on….

Liberal: YOU HATE POOR PEOPLE! RAAAAAACIST!

Me:……

 

And most conversations with conservatives (usually about ending a prohibition) go like this:

Me: I believe that far and away vastly more harm comes from the prohibition of marijuana, and other drugs for that matter, than comes from marijuana itself. Criminalisation of this behaviour makes no sense either from ethical or scientific point of view. Frankly, there is no rational argument one can make for the prohibition of marijuana that cannot be made for alcohol, and in every case the argument for prohibition is stronger with alcohol.

Conservative: So you want everyone to do all the drugs they can?

Me: No, I feel that a big government approach to this, as a big-government approach to almost everything is doomed to failure and is causing a lot of unintended suffering.

Conservative: YOU HATE THE CHILDREN! WHY DO YOU WANT THEM IN THE GUTTERS, SHOOTING UP THE POT?! RAAAAAACIST!

Me: ……

This is what this article made me think of. Please take time to read it.

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