A Rabbi Explains Libertarianism

I just read an excellent description of why I choose libertarian politics. The description was written by a London, Ontario rabbi.

…The idea of abolishing a body committed to the protection of human rights seems absurd to most, but I must admit that I found the arguments compelling.

…Laws are as imperfect as those who legislate them and as grossly misapplied as those who enforce them. It is not practical to empower imperfect humans with the legal authority to enforce moral standards. That is a situation ripe for abuse and cannot work. The only workable solution is a democratic system of checks and balances. Imperfect as democracy is, it is the best we humans have.

On the other hand, a Torah society is not democratic and free; it is a theocracy. Its laws are absolutely binding on its adherents. Its authority to mandate and to legislate, to obligate and to require is truly above the law. Such power in the hands of human beings can only corrupt. The Torah has remained pristine because it derives its authority from the Creator; a supreme moral being.

Human beings can only achieve approximate perfection through freedom of expression and a system of checks and balances. The Torah, because it speaks for G-d, articulates the values that are absolutely correct.

…Humans, who can barely govern their own feelings, cannot be entrusted with governing the feelings of others.

Malcolm Mayes

Via Ezra Levant