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TNSTAAFL applied to Libertarianism

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Libertarians, in my experience, are quite fond of the phrase (from Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land) “There’s no such thing as a free lunch,” often used by its acronym TNSTAAFL.

That is, there is no benefit that does not have some cost attached to it. Take Libertarianism, for example: its proponents expound on the benefits, but so far as I recall, they don’t spend much time in talking about the costs—particularly the social costs that undermine community.

Maybe I’m wrong, though. I’d be interested in links to pieces in which Libertarians discuss the costs associated with their vision. (Non-Libertarians can easily see the costs, but I wonder whether Libertarians can.)

Written by LeisureGuy

11 August 2016 at 1:33 pm

Posted in Books, Daily life, Politics

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