Skepticism and Libertarianism

At Point of Inquiry, Michael Shermer talks about the implications of skepticism and how it could lead one to a libertarian viewpoint.  It’s a good discussion which you can see here.

On my perspective, I think a healthy dose of skepticism is necessary in order to inquire about the world, but I don’t think it necessarily leads one to libertarianism.  Some of the listener’s comments are actually more insightful, I believe, and they really bring up valid points against Shermer.  There are some moments where Shermer says things which I just wanted to reply, “Why do you believe that?”  He’s the founder of the skeptic society and I would’ve figured that he would’ve at least questioned some of his beliefs, but he seems to hold on to them dogmatically.  Being a skeptic means you withhold the belief until sufficient evidence comes about, but Shermer seems to hold onto certain beliefs without question.  Such a shame!

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About shaunmiller

I am a Ph. D student at Marquette University. The primary purpose of this blog is to get my ideas out there, and then have other people scrutinize, critique, build upon, and systematize beliefs. This blog will sometimes pertain to what I'm learning in my classes, but it will occasionally deal with non-classroom issues that I'm thinking about as well.
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