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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I have just completed a visiting position as an assistant professor at Dalhousie University. My ideas are not associated with my employer; they are expressions of my own thoughts and ideas. Some of them are just musings while others could be serious discussions that could turn into a bigger project. Besides philosophy, I enjoy martial arts (Kuk Sool Won), playing my violin, enjoying coffee around town, and experimenting with new food.
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