The Libertarian Party is a Free Market for Libertarian Change

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.

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Libertarianism Put Simply

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.

Diversity Works Not Only Cause People will Get Along but also cause they won’t

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.

What makes Libertarians Different

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.

Government is Never the Answer

What saddens me is when people get so frustrated with rolling back government that they give in to growing it to fight back against the unintended consequences.

The welfare state, regulatory state, warfare state, the drug war, and cronyism all has endless unintended consequences hurting families in safety and prosperity, causing international instability breeding conflict and border chaos, and just making it hard for people everywhere to get by. Bottom line, the answer is rolling back the cause (big government non-consensual one size fits all policy) and that doesn’t change no matter how hard it seems and how slow the progress can appear.

Asking for government run universal healthcare in response to a botched government managed healthcare system is akin to asking for more survelliance and enforcement powers for government to handle border chaos that was in large part the result of foreign policy and drug policy idiocy.

Bottom line is more government is never the answer to too much government. Don’t let your frustrations with the welfare/warfare state and the drug war fuel a demand for a growing border state.

Don’t let the government win in giving them more power for their mistakes.