Import Tariffs are incompatable with Libertarianism

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    Notwithstanding the fact that if you asked ten different self-proclaimed libertarians what libertarians stand for, you'd get ten different answers, textbook Libertarianism strongly opposes all import tariffs.

    Look it up.

    And then have fun trying to reconcile this fact with your own, poorly manufactured idea of what it means to be a libertarian.
     
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    Libertarianism not being black and white to all people is a bad thing?

    Are conservatism and liberalism the same to everyone?

    Yes, tariffs are bad for capitalism, this is basic economics.
     
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    Not at all.

    But being intellectually inconsistent with one's own set of ideals is called hypocrisy (or I guess in this case, ignorance), and that's never a good thing IMO.
     
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    Low taxes, low spending, low or no debt is an ideal shared by all libertarians. That's why they're not democrats or republicans, they don't offer those ideals.


    There's different ways of showing those ideals.
     
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    It gets worse when you discuss immigration.

    But narco-libertarians are hopelessly muddled.

    True conservative principles call for free movement of capital and labor. As another poster pointed out, real American workers do not fear competition but welcome it as a spur to higher achievement.
     
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    True story! :thup:
     
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    Except of course for those that advocate tariffs. :lol:
     
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    Which is part of why I have no use for Libertarianism. Not only am I for tarriffs; I'm for flat-out bans on many imported goods.
     
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    In my experience, many who happily promote free trade (count me among them) and free movement of capital and resources suddenly raise strong objection when that principle is expanded to labor. the free market, it seems, is often not extended to labor.
     
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    So the existence of a tariff means taxes can't be low?


    Beyond your nice profile pic, I still haven't figured out what your schtick is.


    Are you another one of those democrat=good, every other view=evil, posters on the board?
     

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