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You wrote, The libertarians think that your next-door neighbor having nuclear weapons is fine, so long as he doesn't actually set one off.

Actually ... it's as long as he doesn't blow up or irradiate his neighbors. He could irradiate his neighbors through negligence - that's not reasonable or permissible behavior.

From a strict Libertarian perspective, he could actually blow a nuke up, say underground, as long has the only property he damages, destroys or irradiates is his own. Once he damages another's property or person, we have a problem.

From my perspective, I'm OK with an individual prohibition on nuclear armaments. I'm not OK with pretty much any other type of personal weapon ban, so perhaps I'm not a pure Libertarian. I'm also not OK with one country telling another it can't have nuclear armaments. As long as they don't go using them on someone else, what do I care? But then I'm also OK with a country having any type of weapon as long as they don't go using it on someone else.

- Joel
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