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Gary Richard's (Mailbag, Aug. 4) claims regarding libertarian principles, objectives, and methods are a pile of pathetic drivel. Twice he says "Go figure" which proves he is severely limited in his understanding and evidence he views libertarians (and conservatives) through the lens of typical radical left wing liberal/progressive (statist) philosophies increasingly associated with today's Democratic Party. Furthermore, libertarianism is not a "singular form of government" as he states. Libertarianism is not "singular," nor is it a "form of government." It is a political philosophy able to exist within a variety of governmental forms. A quick look on Wikipedia/libertarianism reveals both of these assertions as fact.

If Mr. Richards is truly interested in understanding libertarian/conservative philosophies, I encourage him to read the writings of libertarian/conservative authors instead of repeating ad nauseum the talking points of the liberal left. Author Mark R. Levin would be a good place to start. Only then will he understand what those of us who oppose Mr. Richard's political leanings really believe, rather than the falsehoods he advances either outright, or through simple ignorance. His interpretations couldn't be more wrong.

The opposite of liberty is tyranny. I know which of those two I stand for. Mr. Richards seemingly, does not.

James Carrick

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