A Conservative/Libertarian Alliance

by | Mar 24, 2024

Focusing on disparities also distracts from focusing on the principle at hand. Progressives often will oppose the “War on Drugs,” for example, on the grounds that certain demographics are disproportionately targeted for drug arrests. But this assumes that the state has the right to imprison people for victimless crimes, so all that police need to do is arrest more people at a rate proportional to each demographic. According to the Selective Service System, all men ages 18–26 must register for “the draft.” One way to approach this is to say that forced labor is immoral. Another is to say that this is sexist and discriminatory; therefore, women too must be forced to perform labor against their will.

– Keith Knight, Domestic Imperialism: Nine Reasons I Left Progressivism

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About Keith Knight

Keith Knight is Managing Editor at the Libertarian Institute, host of the Don't Tread on Anyone podcast and editor of The Voluntaryist Handbook: A Collection of Essays, Excerpts, and Quotes.

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