What's the Libertarian view on ?

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    animal cruelty, burn , torture or maim an animal

    child porn, any sexual or physical violent acts on a child

    religious freedom :polygamy, prayer over medicine, drugs as part of a religious enlightenment ritual

    segregation

    discrimination

    Do libertarians believe it should all be legal?

    Are there any social boundaries that Libertarians advocate if so what are they?
     
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    Libertarians are not Morality-free Anarchists, bub.
     
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    No one (whos not a pedophile) thinks child porn should be legal.:rolleyes:
     
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    Are you a Libertarian?
     
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    What makes you think a rational libertarian would support violence? ,religious freedom ,polygamy ,what ever blows you skirt up ,that up to you your life. Who am I to say,but no violence.
     
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    It might be surprising to discover, but libertarian philosophy is not monolithic and doesn't address every single issue with solid consensus (abortion is a prime example). These issues are difficult and libertarians struggle with them just as anyone else does. Though, obviously, we're less likely to enlist state coercion for solutions.

    That said, I'd like to offer my own views - and try to indicate whether there is any general consensus in libertarian circles.

    I don't like seeing animals suffer. I don't like allowing them to suffer. The question here is to what extent does the government's responsibility to protect the rights of humans transfer to animals. From that perspective, I have to answer is 'very little'.

    Any act of coercion against a child (short of sane discipline in the act of parenting) is wrong and perpetrators should be prosecuted. That covers sexual exploitation and physical violence. I'm assuming here that children cannot give 'consent' for anything an adult 'suggests', so I don't buy into the idea that children can offer sex voluntarily. I think this jibes pretty well with what most libertarians would say.

    Child porn is a slightly different issue. Certainly, as children cannot understand the implications of sexual display, they cannot give full consent to producing pornography. So the logic above would apply in most cases. But, with digital advances, it doesn't necessarily take a real child to produce 'child porn'. Not sure what to make of that just yet.

    No real debate here. As long as they don't harm anyone else, it's nobody's business but the people involved.

    Under no circumstances should it be allowed as state policy. But we can't tell people who to associate with, nor should we try.

    See above

    Not sure what you mean by 'social boundaries'.
     
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    Well, I was talking to someone on the phone who tells me he is a Libertarian, some of his views seemed....."out there" and rather then having it escalate into a arguement, I decided to ask libertarians there views on such matters.
     
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    Against.

    Against.

    For, for, for, for.

    Depends.

    Depends.

    No.:rolleyes:

    Yes, as soon as you violate the rights of someone else.
     
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