- Criminal Justice: Excellent. I happen to agree that there should be a tax-financed guarantee of assistance of counsel, but many Libertarians would disagree.
- Death Penalty: Many Libertarians disagree that it should be abolished.
- Disability Rights: The ACLU is unlibertarian to say that individuals do not have a right to decline to engage in commerce with the disabled.
- Drug Policy: Generally good, but the ACLU is unlibertarian to oppose the right of private employers to drug-test their employees.
- Free Speech: Generally excellent, even on campaign finance "reform", but is unlibertarian to support public financing of campaigns.
- HIV/Aids: The ACLU generally opposes freedom of association in this area.
- Human Rights: ACLU's advocacy is thoroughly tainted with demands for positive rights e.g. to education.
- Immigrants' Rights: Excellent.
- Lesbian & Gay Rights: Good on government discrimination, unlibertarian on private freedom of association.
- National Security: Excellent.
- Police Practices: Excellent.
- Prisoners' Rights: Very good, but many Libertarians would not go as far as the ACLU in health benefits and accommodations for the disabled.
- Privacy & Technology: Excellent on free speech, but unlibertarian on privacy laws that outlaw non-coercive technologies and voluntary relationships that they don't like.
- Racial Justice: Good on government discrimination, unlibertarian on private freedom of association and on an alleged positive right to tax-financed education etc.
- Religion & Belief: Excellent.
- Reproductive Freedom: Generally good, but unlibertarian in opposing the freedom of pharmacists to decline to sell birth control.
- Rights of the Poor: Generally unlibertarian in asserting broad positive rights to education, health care, and housing.
- Voting Rights: Generally good, but many Libertarians disagree that felons convicted of victimful crimes should always be allowed to vote when not incarcerated.
- Women's Rights: Good on government discrimination, unlibertarian on private freedom of association and on alleged positive rights to tax-financed charity, education and health care.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009
How Libertarian Is The ACLU?
Let's take a tour through the ACLU's own list of issue areas: