Libertarians Will Be the Ruin of Us All

If you believe in limited government, then you need to know that Libertarians are the most dangerous people in America. Thanks to Libertarians, Democrats—completely controlled by left-wing oligarchs and public-sector unions—are going to extend government control into every facet of American life.

If you doubt that, come to California, a one-party state where Democrats enforce everything from the trivial—banning the sale and production of foie gras and a bill to outlaw plastic straws—to the tyrannical—water rationing, urban “densification,” confiscatory taxes.

Libertarians apparently believe their principles justify their running candidates who steal far more votes from Republicans than they ever do from Democrats. This happens for the obvious reason that people who favor limited government tend to vote Republican, but the practical effect of this activity is to dilute support for viable candidates who can actually limit government. For all of their online intellectualizing and high brow banter over the Austrian School and “objectivism” they can’t seem to understand simple math: If you siphon votes away from Republicans, Democrats win.

Earlier this month, a Libertarian candidate in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District drew 1,379 votes, which handed the election to Democrat Conor Lamb, who won by 627 votes. Good job.

If the Libertarians, thank God, hadn’t run a vapid stoner for president in 2016, Hillary Clinton might be our president today, falling down the White House stairs on her way to turning America into California, instead tripping while touring the Jahaz Mahal palace in India. Think about that.

Are Libertarians Right About Anything?
And what of “libertarian” thought? On every political issue of significance to this nation, Libertarians are wrong.

When it comes to immigration, Libertarians believe in open borders. “Free movement of people.” Wonderful. But when you pin them down, Libertarians acknowledge that they don’t believe in welfare, or government-sponsored multiculturalism, or racial hiring quotas, or any of the other taxpayer-funded programs that make America a magnet for destitute immigrants. Like Democrats, Libertarians love to pat themselves on the back because they support “open borders.” Because they’re not racist. We’ll worry about ending all that welfare stuff later. Meanwhile, let millions more pour in, and let government expand to accommodate them. Don’t worry, there are only 1.5 billion people in the world who live in extreme poverty. No problem.

Then consider infrastructure. Libertarians don’t want the government to get involved in funding football stadiums and concert halls. Fair enough. But what about freeways? What about airports, seaports, railroads, reservoirs, and aqueducts? According to Libertarians, a “public-private” partnership is a dirty word. Creeping socialism. Libertarians, though small in numbers, nonetheless manage to mobilize the pseudo-intellectual heft and activist outrage necessary to help kill these projects, especially since approval usually hangs by a thread. They hand victory to environmentalists who don’t want to build anything. And public sector unions laugh all the way to the bank, since they get to pocket all the money the public saved, in the form of increased pay and benefits.

What about government-sponsored research and development? “Never!” cries the Libertarian. Let the private sector make those investments. That’s fine. Nobody’s stopping them. But it was government-funded research that gave us aerospace technology, atomic power, computers, the Internet, life-saving medicines—the list is endless. Perhaps the U.S. government should stop funding all of this vital research, so other nations who’ve managed to curb their Libertarians can overtake us in every strategic technology sector where we remain competitive.

Which brings us to trade. According to Libertarians, “free trade” means if you can make cheap wool, and your trading partner can make cheap tea, then you should stop making tea, and they should stop making wool, and everyone in both nations will buy cheap tea and cheap wool. But what if the wool is actually steel, and what if the tea is actually oil, and what if all of a sudden you need a lot more steel, and a lot more oil, while your “trading partner” doesn’t want to sell it to you anymore? Or what if the country that made wool paid their wool manufacturers a subsidy, so they could sell it to you for nothing right up until all your own wool manufacturers went out of business? Or what if you bought so much wool, and tea, and steel, and oil, that you had to borrow money and hock all your assets just to pay for it all?

What If Libertarians Were in Charge?
The real world is messy.

But let’s not finish without considering the military. Libertarians say everyone in the world just wants to trade freely, and move freely, and the “principle of non-aggression” will keep us all safe and secure. Stay out of foreign entanglements. Abandon the sea lanes. Demilitarize space. Vacate overseas military bases.

But power, like culture, abhors a vacuum. Disengage, and soon enough, the world will become a far less libertarian or libertarian-friendly place. Funny how that works.

Libertarians, please get your nose out of Adam Smith and read Edward Gibbon instead.

Libertarians haven’t really thought things through. If all they ever manage to do is put Democrats in power, America might still have a chance. But imagine if the Libertarians actually were in power. In their perfect world, everyone is a super-yuppie, who trades thin gold coins for services and smokes pot on weekends. Some of them are software engineers, and others design websites. They’re all around 26-years-old, have cool tattoos, and have sophisticated taste in music and fashion. But here’s the deal: in the real world, people aren’t all super-yuppies. They’re old, battered, hard-working, ordinary Americans. And they deserve more.

Ultimately, Libertarians—small and capital “L” alike—are arrogant simpletons. The world they want is a Social Darwinist hell. The world they’re going to give us, if they don’t wake up, is a socialist hell. Tough choices.

About Edward Ring

Edward Ring is a senior fellow of the Center for American Greatness and co-founder of the California Policy Center, which he co-founded in 2013.

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36 responses to “Libertarians Will Be the Ruin of Us All

  • Libertarians assume that rich and successful people will be for smaller government.

    While rich want to pay less taxes, they often become pro-government.

    Why?

    1. Rich want to be associated with power, and power converges in the government.
    Also, the rich must forge good ties with the government to be left alone by it.

    2. Rich try to buy off the opposition. Since progs bitch about inequality, the rich buy them off by funding their organizations. This way, progs will not go after rich who pay them. Soros is a billionaire but left alone by progs.

    3. Rich are too busy making money to come up with ideas. Since prog academics and journalists write all the books, the rich eventually come under their influence ideologically.

    • The ruling class is socialist. They tax the middle class to placate the mob.

    • 4) Rich people have an inflated view of themselves, which elides into believing that they are morally superior, and intellectually superior. It is a short step to impose their obvious superiority on the benighted masses.

      5) People with inherited wealth, and those whose wealth is the result of good fortune, feel guilty for it and seek to compensate for such guilt through vicarious altruism – ie greater government welfare.

      6) Close association with government power is a path to wealth, and those who have benefited from such will never support smaller government.

    • I think you are incorrect using this as a blanket idea. Wealthy who earn there own way tend to understand that they did it through limited government… they would like to keep it. The left..and democrats got rich THROUGH government… They want lots of it. Our problem is that more and more of the wealth is inherited… (or the road to wealth) : siblings, children of actors, siblings/children of the left, of athletes, of rich… etc. etc.

      Why California is eating itself is because of this very fact…
      Inherited wealth: Elitist.
      Inherited poor: Elitist.

      This will spread unless we cut the government down and get business out of government.

  • Uh, you (and libertarians) need to re-read Smith. The we’ll all just get along attitude comes from Bateiste.

  • Third parties, not just Libertarians, ALWAYS kill the other party candidate closest to them.
    Teddy Roosevelt, the highest scoring [yet failed] third party [Bull Moose] candidate ever, handed the 1912 election to Woodrow Wilson rather than his protégé William Howard Taft.
    1968 Eugene McCarthy, much closer to LBJ and HHH than Nixon, forced LBJ out, HHH in, and handed the election to Nixon.
    1992 Ross Perot, much closer to GHWB than WJC, handed the election to WJC.
    2000 Ralph Nader, much closer to the inventor of the Internet and global warming um climate change guru than GWB, handed the election to GWB.
    So, if you want the guy you think is wrong to win, be sure to vote third party.

  • What nonsense. I am libertarian, I don’t believe in open borders. If the GOP was a real party they might be successful. But the GOP is a sham party that exists only to provide the illusion of choice. I don’t vote libertarian because in our system a 3rd party vote is a throwaway. In most cases I don’t vote at all because it’s a false choice. If I have the opportunity to vote for a non-liberal, non-leftwinger, non-RINO, I will consider it. The lesser of two evils is still evil.

    • Yet, the Democrats are the greater of two evils. Sure, they will let you indulge your libertine side of libertarianism, but you will lose your commercial freedom.

      Worst of all, you will lose your property (right of ownership) and thus you will lose the foundation of progress of mankind since the British Enlightenment.

      Thus, you prove the rule: Libertarians are political retards.

      • When you pull the metaphorical curtain to vote, it’s up to you alone.

        The preservation of property for the individual is all the incentive any smart American needs to vote Republican every time.

        Better it is to gain control and then work to push out the rotten apples than it is to lament a continual loss of freedom for officialdom. Better it is to get into office Republic Restorationists be them freedom caucus or Tea Party Republicans.

        Strangely, before Social Democracy, the USA was what today’s libertarians would claim is a libertarian paradise.

        The borders were open. Free enterprise and free markets abound. Yet dopey libertarians who run Reason.com rail against Republicans who desire to restore the Republic.

        They live in a fantasy world in which they hope the entire world will become libertarian and thus cosmopolitan overnight. It’s never going to happen. For them, homoqueer sex out in the open and illicit drugs are all that matters.

        Realism counts. Idealism is worth nothing.

        In my comment above, which you can reach with this link, you can read my many works on the failing of the idealism known as libertarianism.

        Libertarian Works on the True Dollar Journal

        Good luck!

      • It’s not vote wasting; it’s price signaling the cost of our vote. If Republicans want our vote they can’t just claim to be the party of small government: they actually have to govern that way when elected.

  • Actually, this country was established by Libertarians. Republicans came fairly late to the game and gained power at the point of the bayonet in the 1860s. Republicans are almost – but not quite – as bad as Democrats. Donald Trump wasn’t elected by Republicans, he was elected by voters for the most part with no allegiance to either party.

  • How nice/omniscient of you to tell us what libertarians think/believe. Try to imagine that not all democrats, republicans and libertarians follow dogma. This libertarian votes against candidates and reliably votes against democrats with one exception (for Governor) in 40 years.

  • Libertarians formed a political movement to oppose “collectivism”. I suppose that makes sense if you smoke pot. The smallest government is a guy with a gun sticking you up on the highway. Without bigger government, you can form a lynch mob to get him and your money back.
    Libertarians support the Non Aggression Principle. Rand Paul getting sent to the Hospital shows how well that works out in the real world.
    Gold does hold its value more than fiat currency though. If you try to spend it, you will be arrested under The Federal Reserve Act guidelines.

  • Libertarianism isn’t a political movement, it’s a pseudo religious exclusionary cult. The adherents are motivated by endlessly arguing moralistic first principles, and one upping each other as purer libertarians. Actual policy, not so much.

  • There’s a legitimate point in here but it’s drowned out by complete bull*hit. SOME libertarians are indeed the “hippies of the right” as Ayn Rand called them, and whom the article seems to focus on. However, there are many libertarians whom support limited government based on natural law constitutional principles that conservatives have CLAIMED to defend for years. If conservatives (read Republicans) are losing close races because libertarians are splitting the vote – and that is not even remotely the problem in California – then here’s a thought for conservatives and Republicans: live up to the goddamn principles that you say that you believe in. We have plenty of instances of open-border advocates within the ranks of the so-called conservative movement, and as the recent spending bill just proved, plenty of big spending, no limits on government ones as well.

    If those of us on the small government right really want to stop the left, then we’d better agree on our core principles, agree to disagree on a few things but agree to put those aside until we’ve defeated the left, and then fight for those principles. Right now, given how utterly useless the Congress has been despite total control of both houses and the White House, many of us on the right are going to send a message the party and the movement will not like in November by either voting libertarian or sitting it out. If the Republicans and Conservatism Inc., want to be a whipped minority party enjoying only the perqs and sinecures of a tame, permanent opposition, then we will happily oblige them. That will be the only way to kill them off – so to speak – and to start over. So, instead of pointing fire at those who believe in small government and blaming them for the problem, I suggest that the author and those like him start to aim at the real problem on the right, which is not the libertarians.

  • I am a hard-core governmental conservative…. And I am all for outlawing Foie-gras.

  • This was a nice reminder of why I left the republican party and stopped calling myself a conservative.

  • Libertarians are smug, psuedo-intellectual dope smokers. Libertarians mostly are libertines who have been indoctrinated to support Big Business oligopoly.

    I’ve written more than a few works on the idiot libertarians of the USA.

    Libertarians do not understand their own political philosophy.

    STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES AND THE STUPIDITY OF THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY | TRUE DOLLAR JOURNAL

    WHOA DUDE, WHAT? LEGALIZING ISN’T LIBERTARIAN? PASS ME THE BONG. GOO GOO GOO JOOB. | TRUE DOLLAR JOURNAL

    REASONOIDS OF REASON.COM, AMERICA’S CRYPTO-NEOCON REPUBLICANS | TRUE DOLLAR JOURNAL

    Libertarians do not understand commerce, especially foreign trade and commercial banking.

    SOPHIE’S CHOICE OF CAPITAL OR LABOR. A FREE-MARKETS LIBERTARIAN BECOMES AN ANTI-CAPITALIST AND PERPETUATES AN ECONOMICS MYTH | TRUE DOLLAR JOURNAL

    BEGGAR-THY-NEIGHBOR LIBERTARIAN LAURENCE M. VANCE CONTRADICTS HIMSELF IN HIS REBUTTAL TO THE TRUE DOLLAR JOURNAL | TRUE DOLLAR JOURNAL

    THE PSEUDO-LIBERTARIANS IDIOTS AT REASON.COM NEVER STOP PUSHING THEIR ANTI-CAPITALIST, KOCH BROTHERS PRO CRONY POLITICS AGENDA | TRUE DOLLAR JOURNAL

    ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. WHY IT’S BAD FOR YOU AND A BOON FOR ANTI-CAPITALISTS. | TRUE DOLLAR JOURNAL

    JASON X AND LEW ROCKWELL’S CULT OF MISES. ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF WHY AMERICANS ARE IN BIG TROUBLE. | TRUE DOLLAR JOURNAL

    Libertarians are libertine perverts.

    DO REASON.COM “LIBERTARIAN” EDITORS SUPPORT RAPE AND MOLESTATION OF TEENS AND YOUNGER-THAN-TEENS? | TRUE DOLLAR JOURNAL

    Libertarians are stupid about politics.

    RAND PAUL GOES FULL RETARD, SIDES WITH DEMOCRATS AND TURNS HIS BACK ON WORKING-CLASS GENERATIONAL AMERICANS | TRUE DOLLAR JOURNAL

    RAND PAUL BANISHED TO THE KIDDIES TABLE. THE LIBERTARIAN MOMENT PASSED WITH THEIR GAY MARRIAGE AND LEGAL POT VICTORIES | TRUE DOLLAR JOURNAL

    Libertarians need de-programming and learn how capitalism works with respect to immigration and trade.

    UNFETTERED IMMIGRATION IS KILLING AMERICAN CAPITALISM | TRUE DOLLAR JOURNAL

    NAFTA? CANADIANS SHOULD PAY A 15.5% TARIFF FOR EXPORTS INTO THE USA. THE WORLD SHOULD PAY MUCH MORE. | TRUE DOLLAR JOURNAL

  • No they won’t – Totalitarians will be – they have been working on it since TR and Wilson.

  • You want to attract and keep at least small-l libertarians? It’s actually fairly simple: agree, at least in principle, though you have to mean it, to work to cram the federal government back into its Article I, Section 8, constraints, and for your god’s sake, drop the “social values,” federal-tyranny anti-abortion cr@p.

    Yeah, the capital-L Libertarian position on “open borders” is rampant idiocy. But nothing says the GOP can’t make some points and win some converts by adopting a good bit of the libertarian platform.

  • Such a poor straw man article. I don’t know any Libertarian who argues that government is unable to move technology forward (e.g. your talking points about government research). The merely argue that government does it in a horribly inefficient manner compared to the private sector. One only has to look at the human genome project to see how much faster the private sector solved the issues.

    Ignoring that government money crowds out private money is a somewhat glaring oversight.

    Additionally, Libertarians have a wide spectrum of beliefs about the appropriateness of government for various tasks. Assuming one particularly extreme version to try and discredit them is intellectually dishonest.

    I expect more from the authors on this site.

  • Please, continue ranting about libertarians while our GOP-led government out-deficits Obama.

    • not that you’re not trolling – but to be sure nobody reading your lies believes: Obama had left a $17 trillion deficit present for Hillary to use on his outgoing budget. That was added into the $21 trillion he left – to equal an established $38 trillion in debt on the American taxpayers – never able to pay off; effectively bankrupting America within probably first year of Hillary’s presidency had she been successful in stealing the election; and then:

      All of the global deals Obama/Clintons/Brown took debt investments for their own cash would have become due and payable immediately; and that we wouldn’t have been able to – the properties/businesses, government agency controls (like what you’re watching in GB) would have become the properties of the global investors; not Americans – including our savings, our retirements, in many cases our homes, etc.

  • All ideologies were rightly dubbed by John Adams as “the science of idiocy”. But Liberal-tarianism takes the cake. This vacous ideology always serves the Left. Growing up in Boston, for 20 years I listened to noted libertarian radio talk host David Brudnoy. David went from a sensible, hawkish National Review type conservative in the 70s to a crapped out, incoherent libertarian enabler of the Left. By the time he passed of AIDs in the early 21st, he was justifying affirmative action for homosexuals because it was due because unfairly applied to race, deranged but typical Liberal-tarian.

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