Friday, December 1, 2017

Is the Liberty Movement Succeeding?


IT'S OK TO BE A LIBERTARIAN!
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The recent trend in Libertarian Party [ www.lp.org ] Presidential Vote Results is clearly upward: [1]
2008
523,715
0.40%
2012
1,275,971
0.99%
2016
4,488,914
3.28%
Note that the 2016 total was substantially larger than the 2.9 million vote difference between the two tax-eater parties. [2] 


I can hear Prof. Rothbard chortling!

As a result (and maybe also as an interrelated cause) the libertarian presence on social media continues to grow.  The number of people posting, for example, on the Libertarianism Facebook page escalates, as do the number of trolls. It seems that libertarian successes are being noticed and the trollocracy is on the roll. One of the recent pseudo memes has been "The LP has done nothing..." to advance liberty and, indeed, the very idea of liberty is waning in the new world order.

This is an example of a propaganda technique that attempts, in big-lie style, to ascribe to libertarians, a growing movement, the very failures of our chief opponents, the totalitarians of various stripes. 

This in the very same year that the world commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the Red Coup in Russia (the "November Revolution"*), initiating a century in which various versions of Socialism (Communist and Nazi alike) killed over a hundred million disarmed folk. 

That anniversary was not celebrated with joy anywhere on earth and happily the Red Menace of old was finally swept "into the dustbin of history." Yes, libertarians had hand in that most momentous event in 20th Century history. It was young libertarians (like Prof. Jack Wheeler and then-libertarian now congressperson Dana Rohrbacher) among many others interacting with anti-communists around the world (during the '68 - '89 period) which led to the Collapse of Communism -- that, and of course, the utter failure of central planning in the face of market innovation, and the extraordinary bravery of ordinary Eastern Europeans and Russians who finally faced down the freedom-destroying mega-state!  

It is worthy of note that about a half decade before the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Red Army doctrine had loudly proclaimed that the "correlation of forces" had decidedly turned in the favor of the USSR.[3]

The liberty movement includes many organizations and advocates. NGOs such as the Mises Institute [ www.mises.org ] make the literature and commentary of liberty widely available. Others advocate for specific reforms to enhance liberty. They are an enduring source of deserved annoyance to the trollish army nipping at our heels.


Ama-gi -- Freedom


So, here was my response to the trollish claim that the LP has accomplished "nothing" --


The LP is just one of the more recent manifestations of a Liberty Movement that reaches back into American history, to before the Federal Republic. Read Murray Rothbard's 4 volume "Conceived in Liberty" [4] which covers our history to the time of the Constitution of 1787. 
Lysander Spooner identified 4 great monopolies that the Liberty Movement had to abolish to give us the opportunity for developing in freedom. They were: Chattel Slavery, the "Legal infirmities of women," the King's economic monopolies and State Churches. 
The Liberty Movement did quite well on those. It was up to succeeding generations to protect and extend freedom. We've done that in many ways, overthrowing all sorts of cultural limitations on personal expression.  
For example, recognition since the leading case on the matter in 1914 of the importance of the universal right to Informed Consent. Or, for further example, the developing law built on the First Amendment, the Most Libertarian Clause in the Constitution. 
I would say that Libertarians, as inheritors of the tradition of Liggett, Warren, Thoreau [5], Spooner, Mencken, Taft, Goldwater and Ron Paul, are doing just fine as the only real opposition to the American Empire, and as the only true heirs of the Old Republic.
Those who fear liberty seek to attack the voluntary associations that promote the ideas of liberty. This should not surprise us. The marketplace of ideas remains a free market, where the old state and corporate monopolies over "the press" have ended and each of us can express our commitment to liberty. How could the actualization of the goal of full personal liberty not succeed in such conditions?





[1]  http://lpedia.org/Libertarian_Party_US_Presidential_Election_Results#2008_Presidential_Election
[2]  http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/hillary-clinton-officially-wins-popular-vote-29-million/story?id=44354341
[3] http://www.alternatewars.com/WW3/the_war_that_never_was.htm
[4]  https://mises.org/library/conceived-liberty-2
[5] See the Essay on Civil Disobedience where Thoreau references "my friends the no government men..."

* Also known as the "October Revolution" due to a change in calendars.




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