How can the government of Somalia be libertarian when it practices Muslim Sharia Law?
Not only is that an insult to libertarians who practice the separation between church and state but its also an insult to Muslims. Are liberals making claims that Muslim Sharia Law is dangerous and barbaric?
Doesn't that go against their politically correct points of view when liberals say stuff like that?
- Anonymous7 years agoFavorite Answer
Somalia was a collapsed communist state that has been repeatedly invaded by US mercenary armies from Ethiopia and Uganda as well as American targeted bombings. Now we have installed a corrupt puppet government who has allowed a quarter of a million people to starve to death in the past few years. Somalia is the exact opposite of anything that could possibly be considered libertarian. It is the result of statism run amok.
No I don’t mean that at all. I mean the government is actively witholding existing food supplies and international aid as is common within Africa. This just happens to coincide with a very significant drought. Make no mistake, the civil unrest is all the result of statism. The areas outside of Mogadishu are exactly the areas where violence has been the least frequent because the competing warlords are vying for political power in the capital ie control of the state. Also the time of statelessness, Somalia actually had a higher rate of economic growth and a higher life expectancy than it’s African neighbors and higher than it did under a functioning state. Prior to colonialism and the horrors dictatorial communist rule, Somalia had a xeer system of law which was essentially settling disputes by a system of tribal elders. This still exists in rural areas. You simply don’t know what you are talking about.
- MeLv 57 years ago
By 'let starve' you mean 'did nothing' - which is exactly what a libertarian government would do. It is about not intervening, not intruding on people's lives whether that is to help or control them. E.g. letting a sick man who can't afford healthcare die.
Somalia is a perfect example of a Libertarian state - outside Mogadishu, the state has no control. They cannot collect tax so they can't enforce laws or regulations. No real security forces beyond the capital to speak of. Warlords fill the gap, ruling with violence and terror. The wholly untaxed and unregulated free market fails to provide for the starving people.
It is everything the libertarian dream amounts to: weak government and societal collapse. It is even worse than Big Brother - anyone who advocates either extreme favors ideology over pragmatism.
Edit: Technology has moved on, there are 7 billion people on this earth now and rising fast. If you think it's possible to sustain that many people in a stable and cohesive manner without any state, you are a fool. The reason warlords vie for power is precisely due to the fact that there is no government to deter them. You create a power vacuum and warlords compete to fill it.
Stop being naive, your dream is no less foolish and unrealistic than the communist dream. Saying Somalia isn't a true libertarian state is like saying the USSR wasn't a true communist state. Either extreme does doesn't work in reality. The USSR was good in the 60s; life expectancy and living standards were going up, cost of living was low. Then it imploded. Just like Somalia.
- Mike WLv 77 years ago
They can't be libertarian because they don't have a government. The land is controlled by competing warlords, and their power flows from the barrel of a gun, not from any religious law.
- 7 years ago
That is a complete oxymoron in the worst way. But it represents the politics of islam because islam officially teaches that the meaning of freedom is the freedom to be obedient.
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- DeliveranceLv 67 years ago
Somalia is a bunch of fruitcakes.Source(s): PhD in political science from Harvard.
- Anonymous7 years ago
Then when's the next public trial for international piracy on the part of domestic pirates? LOL
- StephenGLv 77 years ago
Because both are ararchy