Asteroid vs. Libertarian

Taxation is worse than humanity’s fiery demise… or something.

I don’t speak for all libertarians, but I think there’s a good case to be made that taxing people to protect the Earth from an asteroid, while within Congress’s powers, is an illegitimate function of government from a moral perspective. I think it’s O.K. to violate people’s rights (e.g. through taxation) if the result is that you protect people’s rights to some greater extent (e.g. through police, courts, the military). But it’s not obvious to me that the Earth being hit by an asteroid (or, say, someone being hit by lightning or a falling tree) violates anyone’s rights; if that’s so, then I’m not sure I can justify preventing it through taxation.

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  1. Ddes,

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

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  2. Angry Sam,

    “I don’t speak for all [insert name of group x here]” should generally be interpreted to read “No other [insert name of group x here] actually agrees with me.”

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  3. Inti,

    I wonder how much circlejerking was involved in coming up with this.

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