One thing I find very interesting, and a little frustrating, is how often people will try to put words in my mouth.
I guess it’s a facet of the straw man tactic.
Recently someone kept trying to say that I was against cooperation; that cooperation is against libertarian principles, so I have to be against it. Even after I explicitly said several times that I think cooperation is a great thing, and I’m completely in favor of it.
Libertarianism rejects cooperation? I’ve never made such a silly claim, nor have I ever seen anyone who understands liberty make a claim like that. It’s completely absurd.
But, because I’m opposed to stealing money to fund government or government “borders”, I must be against cooperation.
And if I am in favor of cooperation, then I must obviously see the “value” of theft and coercion in the name of government.
Yeah, I don’t get that connection either.
Government is the opposite of cooperation. If people willingly cooperate (and there’s really no such thing as non-willing cooperation) there is no need to rob them or to coerce them to do what you believe should be done. That’s not cooperation, that’s slavery.