Forum:I'm not sure where I should put this.... *sigh* Newbie Incoming!
Hey everyone! As I mentioned on the "How I found RationalWiki" Page, I've been a lurker for so long that I don't know exactly how I found the site in the first place (Probably through something SPLC related).
I am (obviously) very much of a rationalist; I also define myself as a "Philosophical Libertarian" (Basically someone who believes people have the right to do whatever they want to do as long as it doesn't infringe on the rights of others IN MORALITY AND ETHICS ONLY, I don't support Libertarian economics because it's extremely stupid) and my religious views are in-between a hard Agnostic and a soft Atheist.
- Nice to meet you.
- So... about being a "philosophical libertarian", what you've described is literally the original definition of the political term "liberal". "Libertarian" is a neologism that isn't actually a linguistically valid derivation of the latin root "libre", to describe the relatively recent notion that laisez faire economics derives from some ethically sound place coming from the single-principle ethical system of "freedom". I don't want to police your self-identification, I just thought I'd share my thoughts about the term you chose. ikanreed You probably didn't deserve that 20:12, 31 March 2015 (UTC)
- I never thought of that, you're right. It ought to be libertatian. At any rate, welcome to the site! - Smerdis of Tlön, LOAD "*", 8, 1. 00:45, 1 April 2015 (UTC)
- I hate to be pedantic, but 'libre' is French. The Latin word is "liber". Also, while you can certainly argue that -arianism is a pretty redundant construction (it's a compound of 3 suffixes for crying out loud), its use is pretty accepted in the English language and libertas is a proper Latin word, so I'm not sure where you get the notion that it's not a linguistically valid derivation. 18.104.22.168 (talk) 04:27, 1 April 2015 (UTC)