5 Issues with Mainstream LibertarianismSubmitted by firebrand634 on Thu, 03/14/2013 - 12:11
I know that DP is not a strictly libertarian forum, but I am curious to hear people's opinion on a list I had in a discussion the other day. My acquaintance was kind enough to put it into words:
1. Libertarians fail to distinguish between problems in large scale versus small scale governments. Most people support their local government, at least to a greater degree than the federal government. When libertarians complain about what "government" does it may rub many people the wrong way, and rightly so.
2. Some libertarians proclaim support for the concept of anarchy. Some claim to be anarcho-capitalists. Even if this idea would be remotely possible (and maybe it is in a place like Somalia), it will likely lose rather than gain any public support.
3. Libertarians generally ignore the concept of democracy. If it is mentioned at all it is often put in a bad light (two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for dinner). Switzerland has had democracy for about 700 years, and I don't think they are about to get rid of it any time soon. Libertarians would be better off looking into some better forms of democracy rather than ignoring or ridiculing the concept.
4. Libertarians seem to inevitably position themselves as anti-environmentalists. They tend to be global warming deniers, and tend to support fossil fuels and oppose any and all forms of renewable energy.
5. Libertarians are perceived to be selfish and uncaring people. They may be seen reading books with titles such as "The Virtue of Selfishness" or "Looking Out for Number One" Most people see selfishness as a negative trait.
If these patterns could be modified or corrected, I think the libertarian direction of our society could be greatly enhanced and we would all benefit thereby.