Monday 16 December 2002

"US materialism"

Nigel Bruce's letter takes John Webb to task for his defence of the US Constitution:
Note the absence of any mention of social responsibility.

Such individualistic materialism is unlikely to hold much appeal for those of us who, whether Christian, Muslim, or humanist, recognise an obligation, under the Golden Rule, to treat others as we would want them to treat us.

But the whole point of individualist libertarianism is that people respect the rights of others, neither initiating force nor being the victims of force initiated by others. There is no conflict with the "Golden Rule". The problem in the US is that the Supreme Court has not upheld the Constitution.