The mistake of both the liberals and the libertarians in this issue is that they confuse and conflate morality with behavior; as is especially evidenced by the liberals with their over reliance and adherence to moral relativism as well as Social Darwinism and Social-Scientific Determinism. Yes, I concur that it is neither the province nor domain, and for that matter, neither the obligation, duty and responsibility of government to dictate personal, individual behavior; with its consequent desired results and outcomes. Again, however it is, as Will Durant points out, the responsibility of government to both instruct and ultimately to enforce morality. To do so is in fact a moral imperative, but it is also a shared obligation, duty and responsibility of all participants; especially of the leadership in every and all sectors and aspects of any society, civilization, culture, state and or nation.
Ironically the liberals pontificate about the need for government to refrain from legislating morality through its instruction and enforcement; yet in the same breath, through the agency and flawed reasoning of its own moral relativism, Social-Darwinism and Social-Scientific Determinism, liberals demand that we not only study behavior; but that we also through the agency of the social, so-called, non-science, psychobabbler, supposed sciences, that we eventually determine behavior, modify and modulate it, and ultimately proscribe and dictate it. Well, I oppose that with every fiber of my body, mind and soul.
Yes, again, I still maintain that government must lead in both instructing and enforcing morality. But what we cannot and must not do, and here I find some solace with the libertarian view, is that we must not legislate personal, individual behavior and dictate the outcomes and results of that so thusly modified behavior. To the contrary, what we must do is to establish moral parameters through moral instruction, and when those moral parameters and borders are broken and violated, we must then punish and or incarcerate those transgressors and malefactors who so violate those moral parameters.
Not to do so, as the Greek Tragedians maintained, is not only a stain and form of pollution upon society, but any and all unrequited crime is also in fact a deadly cancer upon the body politic and very life blood of any society, nation or state which will eventually destroy and kill the latter. So, yes indeed, we must legislate morality, and we must uphold those moral parameters, and we must dutifully establish and instruct them as well. For not to do so is to either create the utter lawlessness of anarchy and chaos; or the utter lawlessness of statist tyranny and fascistic totalitarianism. But enough heaviosity - back to the “gov.”}