Wait a second everyone. Let's think about this.
Isn’t ARI simply respecting the fact that extending a hand in an emergency is commendable? I think ARI’s article shows it is growing up. Given the context our government's commitment and involvement in many endeavors, one doesn’t single out, first and foremost, worthy actions for reform. One doesn’t start with the elimination of medical research or the condemnation of emergency help, for example. ARI is right to emphasize our opposition to constraints on productive activity, instead.
Perhaps this is where Axiomatic libertarians part ways with Objectivist libertarians. Axiomatics (as I call them) hold the non-initiation maxim as a deductive starting point and anything not supported by it is equally verboten – period. O’ists respect that liberty has a purpose; this modifies one’s current focus on where and how to reform the system to achieve greater liberty.
I think Rand’s praise of the Apollo space mission, back in 1969, might have been the first breaking point between Axiomatics and O’ists. I see ARI as continuing in Rand's tradition. Comments?
(Edited by Jason Pappas on 1/08, 6:18am)