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Abstract rules, which establish in advance what we may expect of one another, make cooperation possible on a wide scale.
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Abstraction is a mental process we use when trying to discern what is essential or relevant to a problem; it does not require a belief in abstract entities.
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But there is no obvious reason for holding that some normal adults are entitled to make choices for other normal adults, as paternalists of both left and right believe.
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Communitarians are typically much more cautious, but despite a lot of talk they rarely tell us much about what our common good might be.
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Each person has the right to be free, and free persons can produce order spontaneously, without a commanding power over them.
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Equality of rights means that some people cannot simply impose obligations on others, for the moral agency and rights of those others would then be violated.
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Group personification obscures, rather than illuminates, important political questions.
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Guardians are necessary for children and abnormal adults, because they cannot make responsible choices for themselves.
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I've been a fan of Stephen Hunter, film critic at the Washington Post, for some time. I've always found his reviews to be helpful guides to films.
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If an individual is born with the obligation to obey, who is born with the right to command?
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Indeed, the federal government allocates about $185 billion in programs and services based on population figures provided by the Census Bureau.
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It is obvious that different individuals require different things to live good, healthy, and virtuous lives.
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It is precisely because neither individuals nor small groups can be fully self-sufficient that cooperation is necessary to human survival and flourishing.
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Libertarians argue that no normal adult has the right to impose choices on other normal adults, except in abnormal circumstances, such as when one person finds another unconscious and administers medical assistance or calls an ambulance.
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Libertarians recognize the difference between adults and children, as well as differences between normal adults and adults who are insane or mentally hindered or retarded.
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Libertarians recognize the inevitable pluralism of the modern world and for that reason assert that individual liberty is at least part of the common good.
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Libertarians typically argue that particular obligations, at least under normal circumstances, must be created by consent; they cannot be unilaterally imposed by others.
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Most Europeans have no idea how wild life can be in north America.
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No reasonable person could possibly believe that individuals are fully formed outside society - in isolation, if you will.
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Obligations may be universal or particular.
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Obviously, all of us have been influenced by those around us.
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Rather, classical liberals and libertarians argue that the system of justice should abstract from the concrete characteristics of individuals.
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Rather, it is a political theory that emerged in response to the growth of unlimited state power; libertarianism draws its strength from a powerful fusion of a normative theory about the moral and political sources and limits of obligations and a positive theory explaining the sources of order.
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The first census in 1790 asked just six questions: the name of the head of the household, the number of free white males older than 16, the number of free white males younger than 16, the number of free white females, the number of other free persons, and the number of slaves.
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The government has become a mechanism for distributing largess, and your census form is your ticket.
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The issue of the common good is related to the beliefs of communitarians regarding the personality or the separate existence of groups.
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The reason the government sells the census as your ticket to getting goodies - rather than as your civic duty - is that distributing goodies is now all the government does.
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To repeat, communitarians maintain that we are constituted as persons by our particular obligations, and therefore those obligations cannot be a matter of choice.
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What distinguishes libertarianism from other views of political morality is principally its theory of enforceable obligations.
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What libertarians assert is simply that differences among normal adults do not imply different fundamental rights.
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