Libertarians and cannibals.

Author:Tolleson, T. Dan
Position:Correspondence - Letter to the Editor

In Richard John Neuhaus' discussion of the ongoing debate about the end of democracy ("The End of Democracy Again," Public Square, December 2003), he quotes James Q. Wilson's accurate definition of the libertarian view as "no state has the authority to restrict conduct affecting only one's self and one's consenting partner." This view, according to Wilson, prohibits state laws "against prostitution, bestiality, heroin consumption, physician-assisted suicide, or gay marriage." But this libertarian list of activities theoretically exempt from legal restriction is hardly exhaustive. What about cannibalism? By now, most people have heard about...

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