Interesting thoughts written before the advent of the current administration.
If we were to one day elect a Libertarian president who successfully dismantled many government programs and cut taxes dramatically that would be a wonderful break for a few years. But if that Libertarian president left the government structure as a whole intact it would then do what governments naturally do: grow.
via Why the Libertarian Party Doesn’t Work (at getting someone elected president) – Jeremy West at nolanchart.com.
I think West is right. Moreover, even if we completely removed the structure (as is my dream – a massive sinkhole in D.C.) we would eventually wind up in the same place. I think there’s just a human tendency toward self-interest, which for some of us means disinterest in affairs outside our property lines. And for others means satisfying their sociopathic inclinations by setting themselves up in positions of power, aided and abetted by the disinterested.
I’m still in favor of electing as many Libertarians to office as possible, because they are the only ones who’ll challenge and change the status quo. But I can see why some have given up on effecting societal change and, like West, consider dropping out of the political system altogether.