ANTHONY RONZIO: Maine swings libertarian with laws stressing freedom of choice

July 7th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

Posted: July 7
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ANTHONY RONZIO: Maine swings libertarian with laws stressing freedom of choice

Anthony Ronzio

Welcome to the libertarian era in Maine. Buckle up.

Or don’t. See how that works?

In all seriousness, loosening the seatbelt law seems about the only choice-based legislation that Maine lawmakers rejected this year. That they tried shows the undercurrent of this past legislative session: Though Mainers may have elected Republicans, their actions were more libertarian.

Now, I don’t mean the academic libertarian, with deep-thinking treatises on the nature of governance and its relationship to free markets. Nor do I mean today’s trendy libertarianism, which is too often tossed around like the code word to enter some high-minded political club.

What I mean by libertarian is its essence: freedom of choice. That more choices and the ability to either enjoy the fruits or feel the thorns from your choices, is right. In bill after bill, decision after decision, bestowing freedom to choose was a driving force in Maine lawmaking.

Last week, for example, Gov. Paul LePage signed two bills into law in Bangor. One legalized fireworks and the other legalized casino table games, such as poker and blackjack. The latter is still subject to a popular vote in Penobscot County, but that seems more procedural than a deal-breaker.

Neither of these ideas is new, yet they never gained traction in past

Article source: http://www.kjonline.com/opinion/columnists/maine-swings-libertarian-with-laws-stressing-freedom-of-choice_2011-07-06.html

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