Recent I was in a debate arguing in favor of Multi-Culturalism. I usually frame my fondness of cultural pluralism in a positive framework of the wonderful things that come out of the free Exchange of ideas usually citing Korean Tacos to make my case.
Although, diversity isn’t good just cause of what comes out of working together but also cause the bad things that are prevented because we become skeptical of each other and even work against each other. Below is what I said in this discussion which I figured many would find interesting.
I don’t disagree, pluralism may lead to less trust but I think that’s a feature. A society with more skepticism will be skeptical of the use of the state to benefit other groups vs a more more homogenous group that will be less sensitive to growth of the state due to the beneficiaries being people they trust or feel they trust.
This is why I feel a lot of European nations have more robust welfare states because they are less bothered by it due to cultural homogeneity and to me that powerful a state is not a good thing.
I agree pluralism leads to conflict but that leads to decentralization like conflict and competition between enterprises leads to decentralized provision of goods, innovation, and other benefits.
I’m not a multiculturalist cause I expect everyone to get along but because I don’t think they will.
But like markets there are enterprises that find synergies and work together and it’s the same with different cultures. It’s a market.
The difference between libertarians and non-libertarians is we aren’t fighting for a particular solution but for a process to discover solutions.
Non-libertarians believe there is some particular government intervention that is the solution to the problem and will seek data to support that conclusion and when not available reframe the problem so the data that exists allows for the policy they already want in place.
From a libertarian perspective reducing taxes, regulation, licensing, prohibition and foreign intervention is not an answer in itself. Getting these things out of the way doesn’t make all our problems go away tomorrow but it does give individuals and communities the autonomy and resources to begin discovering solutions.
They may not discover them overnight but several small scale attempts at a solution balancing the challenges of resource constraints and the buy-in of consent by those who patron or support these efforts allows for better governance, oversight, and discovery. While one large scale experiment without consent and resource constraints doesn’t facilitate thoughtful governance which often leads to its failure.
Libertarians don’t have answers but neither does anyone else, but libertarians do want to create an environment where solutions can more easily be discovered.
One thing I love about being in the Libertarian community is that Libertarians don’t find saying someone else should help you as tantamount to helping you. If a libertarian determines you need help and is able to help, they help you.
No waiting endless election cycles, political bickering on how you should be helped, just direct aid to alleviate your plight now directly from people who care.
Being part of the Libertarian community isn’t just about helping others understand the power and rights they have as an individual but being part of one of the most vast, resilient and efficient support networks around.
So how about it? Ready to liberty yet?
Most political groups imagine a world if the perfect people were elected to place the perfect controls which everyone responded to perfectly.
This all makes sense in our imagination where it doesn’t take decades to build the political will for the most minor reforms, where the most power hungry aren’t the ones running for every elected position, where everyone isn’t trying to influence that power to their advantage, and opposition doesn’t result in your ideas being distorted into versions of themselves that cause more harm than good.
Libertarianism doesn’t seek perfection, but growth. Growth doesn’t occur by design or dictate but by trial and error as free people live their lives and discover what works and what doesn’t work. Having small controlled experiments at the individual level insulates the damage of failures to fewer people and allow more experiements to be run more often.
Those who want trial error to be done at National or regional levels ask too many to unwillingly be at the losing end of failed experiments that often never end due to bureaucratic inertia while preventing individual experiments from occurring.
So? Are you ready to liberty yet?