Why I became a libertarianSubmitted by Vik on Sun, 05/12/2013 - 19:18
My path to libertarianism came from a question about love. I asked myself, in what society is love shown to have the greatest impact? What society will reflect each individual the most? I came to the conclusion that the libertarian society was the closes to my answer.
Because in a libertarian society every man is under law to provide for themselves, if they give charity another its from their free will it's a greater gift than in a socialistic society where everyone is forced to do some charity by paying taxes. Your gift is not valued in the same way because you are often forced to give it and if you give it for free will you might end up breaking a law doing so. Maybe even hindering another underlying system or set of rules that were designed to help. It's funny how politicians try to appear noble by spending others money for a "good cause".
This is one of the main reasons I ended up choosing liberty as my political philosophy, it makes it easier to let people show their true colors. True there are some bad people out there that will do everything they can to get as much power as possible, but in a libertarian society to get power you have to serve the people/consumer with a product they desire as opposed to just taking the kings throne by being charming and offering words of empty promises. It is sad that politics has ended up being driven on the left by vanity and jealousy and on the right by power and greed.
People that seek power should only get it and keep it by serving the people. Don't force them to share they are already sharing by providing services to the market. Reduce patent laws and allow people to share and use ideas with greater ease to prevent people from getting too much power. I see patent laws as one of the greatest enemies of liberty as it's ownership of an idea or concept. Ideas are not meant to be owned but shared, best solution in my eyes would be a royalty solution.
If you come up with an idea, great it should be rewarded. I'd say 1 - 2% of revenues in royalties to the inventor/inventors. Reduce the protection to 2 years tops and don't let it be renewed, after this period it should be shared, let whomever is best at providing the product be determined by the market. Today the biggest companies buy patents that could hinder their industry and keep them locked up which let them stay in power and create monopolies or oligopolies, this goes for the monetary system as well, allow competing currencies would destroy the monopoly or oligopolies in place.
Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Lets reduce the power to the few by changing the rules in favor for the many. To get power you should have to provide a service to the people and be liked by the people if you stop doing that, you should no longer be in power. For this reason I became a libertarian, because I believe this system can do just that.