As a Libertarian, I’m personally pro-immigration not solely because of the benefits of idea exchange in innovation, more consumers, and the benefits in global enterprise to have a population that is more used to interacting with other cultures.
Beyond cooperation, there are also benefits to the conflict within diverse populations. Recent studies show that more culturally homogenous populations are more tolerant and less skeptical of government welfare and this lack of skepticism often leads to government growth and overreach. (refer to recent episode of EconTalk with Alberto Alessina)
I prefer society be skeptical of everything government does because you’ll have more accountability and less overreach. So in that regard diversity is key.
We see this in the LP, as the tent gets bigger we see the different factions become more skeptical than ever of everything national says and does. This is good, it holds us accountable and teaches us how to do our job with a growing and expanding libertarian coalition. Growth requires learning, diversity amplifies learning which is why I love free markets.
Was just thinking out loud on a question that I get often, “how do you make something I like government does like a park and remove it from government control.”
One idea I had on how you could transition government assets into community entities that are self-funded and have better voluntary governance is the following. This example would be for a public park.
Step 1 – Create a corporation which within its charter obligates it to operate a park for let’s say the next 10 years at which time a renewal of that commitment is voted on by shareholders.
Step 2 – Do an IPO of Common shares that have a built in negative dividend. (Fixed rate meaning the holder of the share must pay each year to continue holding the share, not being paid up will result in loss of shareholder voting power) The IPO would be restricted to individual purchasers with a maximum allotment to prevent an initial concentration of ownership.
Step 3 – The proceeds from the offering become the initial capital to operate the park with additional revenue coming from the negative dividend and other revenue the park may generate.
Because of the negative dividend only those vested in the success of the park will want to own the shares and will be able to directly vote on the governance of the park so it’s governance would not be subject to presidential elections that have little to do with parks leading to better less volatile governance and voluntary funding.
This method may be more palatable to voters as it doesn’t run the risk of an auction which likely is going to be won by the largest financial interest which many would feel skeptical of yet still spins the property into voluntary ownership, governance and funding by individuals.
When it comes to personal opinions there are endless things that I disagree with fellow libertarians on. What makes us Libertarian isn’t that we agree on everything but that we don’t want to force our ideal world on each other, but build the world we believe in on consent and voluntarism and let the better more compelling ideas win in a market that arises from our every single choice and action.
Now when you at least agree on the value of one’s life and ability to make choices in their own domain there is some clear implications. Ending destabilizing wars, ending the destructive drug war, reducing regulations that price out newer and smaller market participants, and reducing the taxation and incarceration that supports these systems of control.
We are fighting for a world where we can be free to live, disagree and resist and not be taxed, hurt or jailed for doing so.
Anyone who knows me knows I’m personally quite enamored with the functioning and benefits of markets. When you have open groups of people cooperating with each other while competing against other groups to achieve the same goal (provide milk, education, healthcare) there are several things that occur:
– The competition drives each group to find better ways to cooperate, coordinate and work together in their group.
– The competition drives each group to optimize resources.
– The competition forces people to think more deliberately about what their value proposition is, too broad a proposition can lead “One Size Fits None” products and this necessary reflection results in better products.
– Marketing requires not only that each group work together better, optimize resources, and develop their value proposition but also learn how to communicate it better than the competition resulting in better, clearer communication which improves growth and adoption of all competitors growing their market.
To me the Libertarian Party is a market for libertarian political change and activism, and the dynamics above are exactly what I see among the different factions trying different strategies and approaches to providing movement towards a more libertarian world.
Markets are a learning process, and they can take time but the result is more robust and sustainable and just another reason to be optimistic about the future of the Libertarian Party.
I saw that an older version of this image was making the rounds and figured I’d re-release a new version with some of the fixes the old one needed.
The elegance of libertarian thought is something I always found beautiful in its essential “treat others as you want to be treated” conclusions and processes.
Beyond philosophy is a real human cost when we get further and further away from libertarian ideals. There are real lives lost, families destroyed, and wealth squandered when we struggle to control each other through war, prohibition, regulation and taxes.
It’s the human cost of each of us failing to have the mutual respect to let each other live our lives that drives me to work endlessly to change it. It’s the cost of treating each other’s lives, body and property as means to build a world of our own design without consideration for the motiovations of another that drives me to build the momentum for change.
I hope you can join me in building that change, that respect, that acknowledgement of our individual spirit. I hope you can join me in being Libertarian.
Are you tired? I am!
I am tired of the lives lost in the wars abroad and in the drug war that seem to only be sources of instability and government debt. I’m tired of hardworking people seeing their income a savings eroded by ever growing taxation, distortionary monetary policy and cost increasing regulations at every turn.
I am tired of people telling me that all this suffering is necessary and that the answer is only more of it.
You know what wakes me up? The image of a world where people can work hard and keep the fruits of that hard work. Where communities thrive and can afford the time and resources to come together and solve each other’s problems. A world where your parent, your sibling or your child is alive and well because we realized the answer was freedom all along.
Join me in waking up, Join me in the Libertarian Party.