(Original post by TML)
That's a personal disagreement, I'm afraid. I believe that ethnic minorities, for example, have the right of state protection.
Speaking as someone who was once referred to as an 'ethnic minority' in this country *snigger* I can quite categorically say that I don't need some overarching bully to defend me. As a human being, I'm quite capable of that myself.
Dependence is good for no-one, which is what protection requires.
My main problem with libertarianism, no offence, is that it seems to encourage an indifference towards racism - something which particularily jars with my morals
Well, someone has every right to be racist, just as they have a right to be vile, vulgar, ugly, gaudy, stupid and so forth. There's a lot of things as bad as racism that we allow to go on
Equally however, to suggest that we treat everyone as equal because we have some discrimination legislation and a bunch of industrial tribunals is throwing us into a false sense of security. We cannot identify prejudice in all its forms - indeed, only a few of the most overt, and while some are 'protected' this simply increases the problems for others. Discrimination will always exist anyway, the best way to rid ourselves of it is to appeal to people's self-interest.
This reminded me of a fact that apparently interviewers make a broad decision on a prospective employee within two minutes. Doubtless based near entirely on appearance, mannerisms, accent - which realistically are just more forms of discrimination.
; which is why I favour an interventionalist government. Indeed, I was debating against a libertarian which said that the governent should not punish a man for burning dogs, as if animals do not have rights, and the only right a man has is self-ownership.
I'm suspicious of animal rights types myself. It seems they only care about rights where fluffy and pleasant-looking animals are being mistreated. Nobody cares about what happens to spiders and flies - possibly the most abused of all creatures. That's what makes me believe it's more personal emotionalism than logic which drives these.