Neither Left Nor Right: Selected Columns by Tibor R. Machan

By Tibor R. Machan

In Neither Left nor correct, a set of his columns, Machan, a constant suggest of the political philosophy of libertarianism, deals his continuously well-reasoned, frequently debatable critiques at the number of threats to person liberty within the usa and world wide.

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There have been efforts afoot, in Connecticut for example, to use the same strategy against food manufacturers on the grounds that they supposedly cause people to become obese and should be held responsible for this. But, and this is where slippery slope arguments lack full conviction, although something in them may well be logically compelling, people are not always willing to follow the logic. They will not allow some matters to be swallowed up by what is called the logic of the law or public policy, simply because people do not want to go that far.

But this is, exactly, a myth and a repulsive and dangerous one at that. There are very few matters people in free societies care about equally. We have vastly, and often justifiably, different goals, purposes, tasks, and worries. To pretend otherwise is an attempt to dupe us into thinking that those folks who use the royal “we” have somehow managed to make their own concerns those of every one of us. But they haven’t! We—and here the “we” is right—better realize that! If we do not, then we will all find that at one time or another we are being conscripted into a group whose membership we never sought.

An idea of government that stands as history’s greatest bulwark against such tyranny is anything but dispirited. Conservatives in America, of all places, should not be tempted to think so. Hoover Press : Machan/Liberty DP0 HMACCL0100 rev1 page 35 The Merits of the Slippery Slope* May 26, 2002 In the study of arguments, the slippery slope has a dubious reputation. If, for example, one argues that, after government acquires the legal power to censor, say, sex and violence on television, it can in time begin to acquire the authority to censor even political ideas, this is often scoffed at as alarmism, nothing really worth worrying about.

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