LIBERTARIANISM HAS ITS POINTS, BUT IT STILL FALLS FAR SHORT

I'm not a libertarian. I'm a Christian. I agree though with not using coercion, which most libertarians agree with, with the exception that many of them wrongly believe that there is a place for government coercion (violence; hypocritical) when it comes to protecting capitalism and so-called private property even in many cases against voluntary socialism, which real Christianity fulfills and more.

Libertarians aren't for much in the way of taxes. Real Christians aren't for taxes at all. Taxes are coerced.

Libertarians are for free trade and making money. Real Christians aren't for any medium of exchange (money), because we're for giving and sharing all with each other and for giving our all to serving each other. We aren't for trading. That's holding out for recompense. We're for giving and being gracious receivers.

The anarchists are closer to real Christianity. They aren't for government coercion on any level. However, anarchism isn't for unselfishness and harmlessness in all things whereas real Christianity is.

The following is from a libertarian perspective:

From the Heartland to the Border
Daily Article by Jim Fedako | Posted on 6/11/2008
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Criminalizing Trade

Boquillas is a small village just south of the Big Bend in the Rio. This village used to be the home of 200 people who made a living trading with park visitors. Just a handful of years ago, the border in this area was relatively open, and park visitors and village residents could cross at will. That all changed with 9-11 and the fear subsidized by government and prodded by politicians. Now, it is illegal to cross the border. But the traders to the south still venture across the knee-high waters in order to sell their wares: walking sticks, painted rocks, etc.

The park newsletter notes that items purchased from these Mexicans are considered contraband and will be confiscated by officers. In addition, US citizens who cross the Rio and attempt to reenter the US are liable for a "fine of not more than $5,000 or imprisonment for up to one year or both."

With a stroke of the pen, the United States criminalized free trade, and Boquillas is now a dying village. Are we safer? Absolutely not. Criminalizing activities does nothing more than create criminals on both sides of the border.

The "illegals" we encountered were very friendly, just business folks looking to put food on the table. Regardless, someone under threat of government will react differently than the storekeeper in some situations. In the end, it is the park visitor who likely ends up the criminal, simply by crossing a river to make an exchange that benefits both parties, and harms neither.

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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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