“Except that libertarians have no evidence that their ideology is, in fact, possible. Point to another successful libertarian society in history.”
I was thinking the same also. In college we used to have arguments about whether Communism was better than Capitalism. People on my side would point out all the failed Communist states, the Berlin Wall, etc. The response would be that those countries are not “true” Communist countries, and that no country has tried “true” Communism yet...and if we would just do it right, everyone would be happy.
Needless to say, thinking that the results would be any different with that bunch in charge of the next Communist society was a joke, and they didn’t get very far convincing most of us (but some idiots did believe them).
Libertarianism is OK with me as theory, but I don’t think it’s achievable in reality. It would require a moral people who would choose to use their great freedom very sparingly. That doesn’t seem realistic in the long term.
This article strikes me as somewhat strange. It’s like the author actually thinks libertarians matter, like they are on the ascendency (while the world moves rapidly left). If leftists keep concentrating power at the federal or, worse, world level, we will end up with totalitarianism—not libertarian or conservative government.
Unfortunately, I just don’t see how our federal government is going to give up any power until some major crisis happens. I don’t want that crisis, btw. I’m just saying I think it’s inevitable. I was hoping a fellow FReeper could point out some governments that willingly shed power. Historically, these things never work out well.
With all that’s happening, do libertarians seriously believe they’re winning?