Stefan Molyneux, host of Freedomain Radio, responds to Jon Stewart's 19 tough questions for libertarians.
Molyneux's answer about segregation. He says that diners and bus companies would desegregate voluntarily because they didn't want to lose blacks' business. This is ridiculous. They stayed voluntarily segregated because they didn't want to lose whites' business, which was much more lucrative for them. And some owners were simply racist and refused to do business with blacks.
Molyneux seems to be just riffing off the top of his head without facts and research to back up his statements and it makes for bad arguments.
The first answer says that saying "government is the antithesis of liberty" is like saying that dragons are the antithesis of biology because dragon's are fiction and so is government. Well, so is liberty. It's just an idea, just like government. Terrible answer.
A better answer might be that COERCION is the antithesis of liberty. If you can have government without coercion, then you can have government and liberty.
I don't have time or room here to do the rest. Most answers were good, but some were just so terrible that I had to comment. Please don't let Molyneux be some kind of standard bearer for libertarians even though a lot of people already see him that way.
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