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  1. Why libertarians should support International Women’s Day | Nicholas Rogers

    [...] Originally published on the-libertarian.co.uk. [...]

  2. Chi The Cynic
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    As the late, great Christopher Hitchens once argued (in a debate with Tony Blair in 2010): “The cure for poverty has a name, in fact: it’s called the empowerment of women. If you give women some control over the rate at which they reproduce, if you give them some, say, take them off the animal cycle of reproduction to which nature and some doctrine—religious doctrine—condemns them, and then if you’ll throw in a handful of seeds perhaps and some credit, the floor of everything in that village, not just poverty, but education, health, and optimism will increase. It doesn’t matter; try it in Bangladesh, try it in Bolivia, it works—works all the time. Name me one religion that stands for that, or ever has. Wherever you look in the world and you try to remove the shackles of ignorance and disease and stupidity from women, it is invariably the clericy that stands in the way.” He was – and remains – right.

  3. Richard Carey
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    Yet another antitheist rant masquerading as libertarianism, which ignores the natural rights / natural law tradition which comprises a central part of the libertarian tradition.

  4. Teej
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    Carey he barely mentioned religion except in the context of how it is used worldwide to repress women, which is obviously a libertarian concern. There’s no component of natural rights which requires or in any way validates theism.

  5. Richard Carey
    Richard Carey at |

    “There’s no component of natural rights which requires or in any way validates theism.”

    That may be so, but it’s disingenuous to ignore the fact that it was the dreaded theists who developed the the principles of natural rights. Utilitarian atheists like Bentham had no time for such ‘nonsense on stilts’. I mentioned it in context of this from the OP:

    “Libertarianism was born out of the Enlightenment, another name for which is the Age of Reason. Religion is the enemy of reason and quite often the enemy of equal rights for all. ”

    This is what I am disputing. Libertarianism did not suddenly appear in the 18th century, but has far deeper roots.