Terrific article about Libertarian thinking: Early Adherence to Libertarian Ideas Leads to Political ActivismSubmitted by sunny on Thu, 04/04/2013 - 11:21
I hope you all enjoy this article as much as I did. And on Yahoo news to boot!
Editor’s note: Yahoo News asked young libertarian-minded voters to share why they’re drawn to the either the Libertarian Party or to libertarian political principles in general. Here’s one first-person account we received this week.
FIRST PERSON | For me, the interest in politics started in high school. I had a Political Science teacher who was a liberal Democrat, and directly across the hall was our Economics teacher, who wouldn’t reveal his political convictions to students. In between classes, they would have friendly arguments back and forth while we walked by. Our teachers may not have realized it, but many students picked sides—and I later learned that the side I picked was libertarian.
My economics teacher let me borrow some books about the Austrian School of economics, which promotes free markets. As I read those books, something clicked. It often seemed like the books elaborated on ideas I'd already held. That was the inception of my passion for promoting free market economics.
I believe that liberty has proven to be the most effective way to improve quality of life for people of all economic classes. Today we hear so much about “progress” and “moving forward,” but the policies promoted by people using these slogans achieve the opposite effect. It is not progress to expand the size and scope of government. It is not progress to centralize power. The idea that a small, elite group of people can make more informed decisions than individuals about their lives is an ancient one, and it has been proven time and time again not to work.