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Exclusive - Andrew Napolitano Extended Interview

(editors note included) In this unedited, extended interview, Judge Andrew Napolitano believes that government exists to take away human freedom.

Editorial View

By John P. Reisman

Andrew Napolitano, in his new book ‘It Is Dangerous To Be Right When the Government Is Wrong: The Case For Personal Freedom’ makes the Libertarian argument "that government is best which governs least". He states “Government exists to take away freedom. He is correct. But is he right? Without government, we would not be a free nation, we would have been enslaved by another nation that had a government and a military, and wanted our land. He also states that we need a military though, which is hypocritical of his his previous statement? The fundamental Libertarian view seems to have its own view of just how much liberty is needed. This argument is based on the notion of the 'ideal' of liberty. In a world where there is enough space, opportunity, education, no crime and everyone is willing to pull their own weight, this would work great.

That is not the world we live in. It is important to understand the basis for various political philosophies in order to parse where they make sense and where, how, and why there are flaws in the positions derived from said beliefs and perspectives.

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