The Libertarian Canard “Do No Harm.”
Accurate Perspective Is Needed By Libertarians
A Libertarian says that you should be able to do whatever you want as long as you don’t harm anyone. Libertarians have no problem with individuals using drugs as long as they do no harm. Here is food for thought regarding that idea.
Libertarians don’t define harm effectively. For example, is a person harmed by becoming addicted to heroin or opioids? If so, then should people be able to sell them? If they can, then the seller is indirectly harming the user, and the user is harming him/herself by becoming addicted. If the addiction becomes too intensive and all encompassing, then the addict may have to steal to support the habit. That means someone else is harmed. If that person from whom something is stolen (money, goods or whatever) gets injured or killed in the act of the theft/robbery, then there’s another harmed person. If that person was a productive member of society, then his family is harmed if he can’t earn a living to support his family. If his family has to go on welfare, then the taxpayers who pay for welfare get harmed. If the taxpayer is harmed, then maybe money he would have spent elsewhere doesn’t get spent so that a business person who missed out on a sale gets harmed. And on and on it goes.
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