Are Libertarians Idealists?
This article came out a few days ago: “Libertarians are the New Communists.” Feel free to read it first, I’ll wait. For those that don’t here is the summary: Communists misunderstood human nature’s desire for individual freedom but Libertarians misunderstand human nature’s willingness to free-ride and rip each other off.
Is this right?
There are certainly a lot of counterpoints I could post, but first and foremost no Libertarian I know ever said Aidid’s Somalia is the way to go. Actually, they look to the small government of 1783 or Jefferson’s “Empire of Liberty” as the example to follow. The term “radical libertarian” is also a bit squishy but what is going on in San Diego or California?
I think a lot of people have libertarian tendencies. With low voter turn-out and the rise in ‘decline to state’ voters it appears that people are saying they are disinterested in politics. It’s safe to say a lot of them don’t want government involved with them either. You can’t call it libertarian with a capital ‘L,’ probably “disinterested” libertarianism fits best. But these people don’t realize how representative government tries to pass hundreds of laws each year. These aren’t radical libertarians, just people that want to live their lives without government involvement either way. It sounds like they want to roll back government too.
Is the linked article right about Libertarians? Can we ever reach the disinterested public? I look forward to your comments!