" If I said, "The live-and-let-live people I've met are generally warm and generous, although often reserved and respectful, while the control freaks I've met are generally cynical, mean and aggressively obnoxious," would that seem likely to be true?
Of course it does. It IS true, and it's obviously logically consistent and what you'd expect.
BUT, if I said, "I've found the intellectual defenders of private property and laissez-faire capitalism whom I've met to be generally warm and generous, while the so-called "liberal" defenders of the welfare state I've found to be often cynical, mean and tight-fisted in their personal lives," would THAT seem likely to be true?
Think about it. Well, it's also true.... it's a matter of semantics, or word choice. BECAUSE BOTH SENTENCES SAY EXACTLY THE SAME THING. "
Rick Gaber
Libertarian writer
Selfishness vs. "Selfishness"
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 -- Rusty McGill, Shreveport, Louisiana      
Dead On
 -- Art, Castle Rock, CO     
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    Makes sense...socialists now pass themselves off as Liberals and socialism is the gospel of envy...according to Churchill. And I agree.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    EXTREMELY ACCURATE observation ! ! !
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
  • 3
    This one is going up on the bathroom wall!
     -- Jomama, Columbus     
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    Pretty darned accurate and well said.
     -- jim k     
  • 3
    Mostly true, except I am afraid control freaks can be found on the 'right' as well. Socialists, I am afraid, comprise both the Democrat and Republican parties -- the word 'liberal' has been associated with the Democrats but what do we call the socialist GOP? Remember the Patriot Act? NAFTA? GATT? The War on Drugs? Homeland Security? The 'long war' in the Middle East? Laissez-faire and the live-and-let-live crowd are hard to find in either party.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- David, Mannington      
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