: You are right, it did come off as being very dogmatic, and that was not the impression I was trying to make. What I am opposed to is the idea that we are our brothers keeper not by choice but by coercion.
Well I'm the complete opponent of dogma but any civil libertarianism has to be tempered with intolerance of crime, criminality and anti-social behaviour, I guess we souldnt be our brothers keepers but not just yet.
: True. Although, when I read the subjec of your post the first thing that popped into my mind was "History would beg to differ."
Did I write that? Hmmm, sounds like me, I meant evidence maybe.
: I completely respect your opinion that they were not socialist, the flip side of course is that I do not consider Chile et al. to be constitutionally-limited-laissez-faire-capitalist-nations.
Ah but Pinochet thought he was doing eactly what you describe, so did his capitalist supporters, so did Thatcher and Reagan, his plan of action was Freidman's 'Capitalism and freedom' you know.