To bring this back to the spirited discussion that Sam started this series with, I’d like to ask a question that I posed in the comments:
Can a libertarian be a skeptic?*
OK, that’s a loaded question. What I really mean is how can skeptics, who look at the same evidence, come to so many different conclusions about politics?
My initial thoughts are below the fold.
*I personally think the libertarian position is ludicrous. I’m all for personal freedom, but I think corporations need to be controlled and nothing but a government has enough power to do that. I also think that many things, such as providing education and healthcare, building a national highway system, supporting the arts, and so forth require the cooperation of society and that cooperation is coordinated through government. Some things should belong to everyone andï¿½privatizingï¿½them takes them way from the public, to whom they should be long, and by whom they should be created and maintained collectively.