There are many crazy groups out there from far right lunatics, superstitious cultists and wacko conspiracy theorists, but few groups are as universally naive and misguided as libertarians. Libertarians claim to be a legitimate political group with an affinity for extreme forms of capitalism and a complete disregard for national defense and the safety of American citizens. Fringe two-time presidential candidate Ron Paul introduced ordinary Americans to Libertarianism in 2008 with his numerous unfortunate media appearances. Although the majority of Americans are rightfully shocked by the extreme views of libertarians, these views still plague the internet and appeal to the least principled members of society; hackers, nerds, outcasts and rednecks. This article exposes the many naive assumptions and flawed beliefs in the libertarian philosophy, and why we as progressives need to do everything we can to rid the internet and other media outlets of these toxic ideas.
Why Libertarians are Wrong
Libertarianism is based on the flawed assumption that the profit incentive will achieve an equal and happy society. The reality of course, is that profits incentivize businesses to destroy the environment and exploit workers in order to extract every last dollar out of mother earth and the blood sweat and tears of working people. Disadvantaged members of society such as single mothers and minorities need to be assisted by the privileged white male patriarchy, or else they’ll fall victim to harsh market forces. Under-served members of society are not accustomed to the competitive dog-eat-dog market economy and they desperately need assistance from the helping hand of government.
Libertarians also trust corporations not to mess up the economy like they did in 2007-2008 without government oversight. The evidence clearly demonstrates that profit incentives alone lead to destruction and that sometimes objective and knowledgeable government regulators need to intervene and steer businesses away from irresponsible and risky decisions and put them on a sustainable path.
Why Libertarians are Dangerous
Libertarians argue with the foundational principles of America and propose to eliminate almost all government progress since our country’s inception. Libertarians want to eliminate government assistance for the poor, the old and the sick, leaving vast numbers of helpless people to fend for themselves. Libertarians insist that we don’t need to worry about the poor because the ‘corporations’ will somehow trickle down a few crumbs to the peasants. Libertarians naively believe that we can simply trust the rich to share their obscene wealth with those in need without any legislation whatsoever.
Libertarians are oblivious to the dangers of terrorism and the need to intervene in countries that threaten our peace and American values such as Iran and Syria. Libertarians are happy to let Iran develop nuclear weapons while they threaten to wipe our allies such as Israel off the face of the earth. Another clear example of how libertarian naivety endangers millions of innocent people.
Libertarians also want to completely overthrow our financial system by eliminating our Federal Reserve Bank. Virtually every country in the world has a central bank that issues and manages the country’s money, but libertarians want to overthrow the entire system and destroy our currency. If this isn’t an act of treason and domestic terrorism then I don’t know what is. Ideas like abolishing or auditing the Federal Reserve belong in the insane asylum and have no place in a civilized liberal democracy.
What Can We Do About It
Libertarianism isn’t just another political view that can coexist with other political ideas. Libertarianism seeks to destroy other political ideologies entirely by attacking the foundation of our liberal democracy: our government. Without a state or central bank, other political ideologies have no tools with which to build a prosperous and equal society. Libertarianism simply has to be eliminated because it fundamentally cannot coexist with legitimate political ideologies.
There are a number of things that we can do to rid the world of libertarianism. The first thing we can do is to introduce laws against criticizing the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States of America. This is clearly an act of terrorism and cannot be tolerated in a modern democracy. Next, we can encourage the NSA to start profiling and monitoring the most influential libertarians. It’s important to make sure that libertarian views to do not get out of hand because before we know it, it might be too late. Lastly, something we as progressives can all do is continue to expose the underlying corporate interests such as the Koch Brothers that lurk behind almost every libertarian initiative. When the American people find out that corporate interests are behind the many libertarian policy initiatives that were sold to them as selfless attempts to save the economy, libertarians will lose all credibility overnight.
We as progressives need to join together in a crusade against this bigoted and nihilistic ideology before it consumes our society. It is up to those with the vision and courage to eliminate libertarianism to do so now, so that our children have the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of our equal society just as we have.