Libertarians are often lauded as the last guardians of liberty, and without question freedom of speech and freedom of expression are fundamental principles of libertarianism. This is clearly not the case for Anti – War Libertarian, and self-proclaimed omnipotent Wikipedia editor, Carol Moore.
Ms. Moore has taken the decidedly unlibertarian action of threatening to delete enteire articles at will that do not meet her criteria of the libertarian philosophy. Moore has insisted that libertarian-conservatism and neolibertarianism are not libertarianism, despite ample empirical evidence provided to the contrary. Ms. Moore appears to be embarking upon her very own philosophical Jihad, weeding out those ideas that contradict her interpretation of libertarianism.
Ms. Moore’s actions on Wikipedia underscore a larger dilemma that America is currently confronted with. The inability to distinguish between blind partisanship and fundamental fairness. This particular affliction has infected more individuals than just Ms. Moore, and has seeped into our political discourse as a nation,eating away at its host.
As Francois-Marie Arouet, better known as Voltaire once said,
“I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
All Americans should adhere to this spirit, particularly if they wish to proclaim themselves; libertarians.
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