Joe Bast: Why I Love Libertarians

Heartland Institute president Joe Bast at Heartland Blog (H/T Wes Benedict):

National Libertarian Party has an online opinion poll that asks: “Which option most closely matches your feeling about the closing of the WWII Memorial during the so-called government shutdown?” I love it that they refer to the “so-called” government shutdown, so true in light of all the reports that government continued to spend our money at an alarming rate.

The first three proposed answers are what you might expect: “The government should not have closed the WWII Memorial” (58% ), “It was OK for the government to close the WWII Memorial” (3%), and “I don’t care much whether or not the memorial was closed during the shutdown” (5%).

But the next possible answer was a surprise: “The WWII Memorial should have been built on private property to avoid political meddling.” The thinking man’s answer! As Ayn Rand would have said, “check your premise.” If you rely on politicians to erect monuments, don’t complain if they choose to shut them down. An impressive 20% chose that answer.

The final possible answer, though, is even better: “A non-interventionist policy at the time of WWI might have prevented WWII.” I don’t think it’s possible to read that without laughing out loud. There shouldn’t even be a monument (to close down or keep open) because there never should have been a war. That’s really thinking it through! And 10% of the 5,516 folks who answered the poll chose that answer.

This is why I love libertarians. They think things through and for themselves, never accept the choices as they are presented by the political or chattering classes, and always check the premise. The result may not always be an effective tactic or strategy for advancing freedom, but that’s not always the point, is it? Finding the truth and speaking it out loud are their own reward, and they are toxic to totalitarianism of all stripes, eventually if not right away. No intellectual movement speaks truth to power better than libertarianism.

Diane and I just sent a gift to the LP to help them buy a building in Washington DC. You can learn more about that effort by going here.

4 thoughts on “Joe Bast: Why I Love Libertarians

  1. John Lewis Mealer

    Libertarians, for the most part, have their act together. HOWEVER, they will choose “spirit of party” and spirit of the idealistic approach to politics over the rights of the people they are supposed to represent. For instance: Jimmy and his gang want to smoke crack cocaine near the nursery and since the Libertarians believe that every Jimmy type who wants to smoke crack cocaine can do it. There when and where does not matter to them, so long as they can prove they are “Libertarians!”

    As Libertarians! they do not take into account, nor do they care that the newborn is breathing in crack cocaine smoke residue through the A/C air intake where the “Jimmys” parked their white van with “FREE CANDY” painted on the side…

    Then again, the Libertarians! would never touch the Right to Travel issue over the Privilege to Drive issues, nor the allodial title… So far, all they seem to care about is allowing free use of drugs and killing income tax. Beyond that, their plans are hollow and “to be worked out”.

    In theory, they are right about many things, but when it gets down to it, they show up at the table with an 10 gallon hat full of an ounce of pot and 2 lbs of bullshit with another couple pounds of theory law.

    As an Independent and a candidate, I like to think I am showing up loaded for bear when the all that stands before me (Arizona Gubernatorial race) and my backing of $100 Billion in provable new Arizona industry are a few squirrels and at least two of them are corrupt while the other is a Libertarians standing next to another candidate who wants to see all of mankind dead, so they can save their “mother earth”.

    My two cents…

  2. paulie Post author

    they will choose “spirit of party” and spirit of the idealistic approach to politics over the rights of the people they are supposed to represent. For instance: Jimmy and his gang want to smoke crack cocaine near the nursery and since the Libertarians believe that every Jimmy type who wants to smoke crack cocaine can do it. There when and where does not matter to them, so long as they can prove they are “Libertarians!”

    Incorrect. Property rights would prevail there.

    As Libertarians! they do not take into account, nor do they care that the newborn is breathing in crack cocaine smoke residue through the A/C air intake where the “Jimmys” parked their white van with “FREE CANDY” painted on the side…

    That’s completely off course. If they parked it on nursery property that would of course be trespass. And if they are off property, any form of pollution, including any kind of smoke, is still trespass.

    Then again, the Libertarians! would never touch the Right to Travel issue over the Privilege to Drive issues, nor the allodial title… So far, all they seem to care about is allowing free use of drugs and killing income tax.

    Depends on which Libertarians. You would certainly find more people interested in alloidal title and right to travel among Libertarians than among non-Libertarians.

    all they seem to care about is allowing free use of drugs and killing income tax

    Not true at all. We are about liberty in all its forms. Different Libertarians have different priorities. We all agree that government is way too big, way too untrusive and meddlesome.

  3. John Lewis Mealer

    Thank you Paulie… Your views as a Libertarian are certainly a refreshing change to those ‘so-called Libertarians’ that I know. I consider my self very much libertarian, but not “a Libertarian”.

    Government needs to be quartered at the very least and I believe you and I are on the same page… I still do not like “spirit of party” in any shape or form.

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