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Australia's libertarian moment has arrived

I dream of a country in which we are each in control of our own lives; where the government keeps its nose out of private matters (and knows what they are); where we are free to live as we please so long as we do no harm to others; and where our money is our own.

I am not an anarchist, as I believe some level of government is necessary. National defence and the criminal justice system are, in my view, examples of legitimate government responsibility. But I am also not a socialist, as I believe collectivism, and government planning and control, inevitably leads to inferior outcomes compared to what is achieved by people acting individually. 

I could never be a racist, sexist or homophobe because I refuse to define people collectively. Indeed, I share the vision of Martin Luther King: 

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I believe people are better at using their own money than the government, and should therefore keep a lot more of it than they do at present.

I believe people are better at making decisions about how to live than the government. And whether to live. 

I am a libertarian.