This is becoming very distressing and these “Libertarian” Party people are making the prospects for liberty seem hopeless now. The goofy “Libertarian” Party ignoramuses Gary Johnson and Bill Weld had their 2nd CNN Town Hall event this week. Supposedly, it was the highest-viewed cable TV show that night. However, the real libertarian message still isn’t being communicated by these statists.
Even their “socially-liberal” message is un-libertarian, in that they want government empowered not only to force people into associations and contracts against their will, but to force people to do extra labor to serve others against their will (e.g. punishing a Christian baker who didn’t want to bake a cake for a lesbian couple).
And even further disappointing is Brian Doherty’s attempt to explain how Johnson and Weld continued to confuse real libertarian views. Doherty himself doesn’t elaborate at all on why something stated by Johnson or Weld was un-libertarian. For that you have to read Laurence Vance and Jacob Hornberger’s articles. In fact, one of Laurence’s most recent articles was about discrimination. He made some very good points toward the end:
What opponents of discrimination; that is, supporters of laws against freedom of choice, have done is create two standards: one for buyers, customers, and consumers and one for sellers, businesses, and producers.
But if it is not illegal for buyers, customers, and consumers to discriminate (for any reason and on any basis) against sellers, businesses, and producers, then neither should it be illegal for sellers, businesses, and producers to discriminate (for any reason and on any basis) against buyers, customers, and consumers.
And he concludes the article with a point that I have made before, that to punish someone for one’s reasons for choosing not to work with or for others is to create thought crimes. Whatever your reason is to not want to associate with me, to not want to serve me in your store, or whatever, is your own business. That’s where the freedom is.
But these statist, pro-aggression people really believe that people have a right to force others to associate with them, that people have a right to force others to hire them, that people have a right to force others to do work for them, and that people have a right to force others to serve them, involuntarily.
But the basis for a truly free society is that all associations, contracts, relationships be voluntary. No force or coercion. When there’s force or coercion, then the society becomes uncivilized. And that is what our society is now.
So this year’s “Libertarian” Party farce makes me less hopeful that the younger people will ever understand the actual principles of liberty. I think the Libertarians for Trump people are also contributing to that confusion in their promoting of the statist central-planning-obsessed Donald Trump, and so they are frustrating to me these days, as well.
I had previously critiqued Johnson and Weld’s first CNN Town Hall with
Anderson Pooper-Scooper Anderson Cooper. And both Johnson and Weld just recently appeared with Chris Matthews on “Harball.” Well, at least they didn’t say anything too embarrassingly grave-digging of libertarianism on that show.
On foreign policy Johnson speaks of “regime change” and its “unintended consequences,” but he has too many times suggested a rearranging of deck chairs approach, closing some U.S. military bases, but leaving some, such as in Afghanistan. Johnson and Weld refuse to acknowledge that the real, root causes of the rise in Islamic extremism and terrorism is a reaction to the U.S. government’s invasions, occupations, bombings and destruction of those Middle Eastern and Asian countries from which the terrorism seems to emanate.
All this has been going on since long before 9/11/2001. Our government’s invasions and bombings for many decades have been an example of poking hornets’ nests, which is especially dangerous and risky when you are dealing with very primitive societies and cultures over there. The constant bombings, invasions, occupations, contribute a great deal to further radicalizing those people.
Unfortunately, very short-sighted moral relativists don’t understand that.
The true libertarian and moral approach to all that is to follow the Golden Rule, and the principle of non-initiation of aggression. If we over here in America would not want foreign governments staring wars against us, bombing our cities, with their foreign soldiers breaking into our homes, murdering our people and killing children here, then we should not allow our government and its military to do the same to those foreigners over there. Sadly, many people believe that everything started with 9/11/2001, with Islamic terrorists deciding to act on their “hatred for our freedom” and attacking the World Trade Center, etc. The short-sighted moral relativists know nothing about the provocations being inflicted by the U.S. government and military overseas prior to 9/11.
And don’t count on the mainstream media to inform people of history. The mainstream media merely repeat what government bureaucrats tell them, with very little challenging, very little investigating. Those who do actual investigating of historical contexts are referred to as “conspiracy theorists” and crazies. Many mainstream media writers and reporters are very lazy now, repeating word for word what their “sources” tell them.
And yes, our government has been the aggressor. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush started the first war of aggression against Iraq. It was a thoroughly immoral and criminal action, which included the intentional bombing and destruction of civilian Iraqi water and sewage treatment centers, which caused the Iraqi people to have to use untreated water, which led to high rates of diseases, infant mortality, and hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths by the mid-1990s. The U.S. government and the UN imposed sanctions which prevented the Iraqis from importing materials to rebuild their infrastructure and importing medical supplies as well. Up to a million deaths by the year 2000 in Iraq.
Throughout the 1990s, Ron Paul issued several warnings that such a murderous U.S. government foreign policy of invasions, bombings and sanctions would probably lead to some sort of attack here in the U.S., and he was right.
Just about all the Islamic terrorists who have shot people or set off bombs here had mentioned U.S. foreign policy as part of their motivations, as Glenn Greenwald noted recently. It isn’t just the U.S. government but other Western governments as well, including France, which have been taking an active role in aggressions against Middle Eastern populations. The French military has been bombing the hell out of Syria, and the French people are now the victims of the blowback of their government’s aggressions. (As Jacob Hornberger has mentioned several times, note how there haven’t been terrorist attacks in Switzerland, as their government has not been bombing other countries. Duh.)
So the real libertarian approach to preventing further terrorist attacks in the West is for the U.S. government and other Western governments to cease with their aggressions, stop the bombing, end the occupations. Close down all those U.S. military bases overseas and bring the troops back to the U.S. They don’t belong over there because those are not U.S. territories, and if you believe that the U.S. Constitution has any validity, that important document does not authorize the U.S. government to place its governmental or military bases on foreign lands that are not U.S. territories. The U.S. Constitution also does not authorize the U.S. government to act in any way as a protector for other countries as well.
A lot of people really believe otherwise, that “America should have a presence overseas,” meaning our government should have its apparatus on foreign lands against the wishes of the people who actually live there. Many people have been indoctrinated from their earliest days to believe those things, and I suspect that Gary Johnson and Bill Weld are two of those indoctrinated people. Johnson seems to have some sort of sense that “regime change” causes “unintended consequences,” but he doesn’t seem to understand the real moral principle of the Golden Rule, and the assertion that much of what our government has been doing to people overseas has been criminal, barbaric, sadistic, psychopathic, and self-destructive.
And these “libertarians” also don’t get it as far as taxation is concerned. They want either a flat tax or a “fair tax” or a national consumption tax, or whatever. Because taxation is involuntary and coerced under threat of being kidnapped by goons and thrown in a cage, therefore the entire system of taxation is a giant criminal racket. It is not only robbery, but fraud given that the government promises to provide this or that (whether you voluntarily agreed to such a contract or not) which many times it does not provide. And many times the government is spending the money it steals from you on programs and policies you vehemently oppose. It is a racket.
America was founded on the moral principle of freedom, in which everyone has the freedom to make use of one’s own labor and capital in whatever way one wants. The freedom to spend one’s wealth and earnings on whatever one wants, save or invest it, give it to charity, start a business, etc. In the early days of America this is how people lived. And the government did not steal from the people, or require reporting on yourself and reporting your private financial information. After this period of the most freedom in human history which raised the standard of living of most people in the society more than any other time in history, the shysters, the predators, the power-grabbers who had become quite familiar with the governmental apparatus that the misguided Founders set up, started to make use of such an apparatus and not for the good. They set up the Federal Reserve System and the Income Tax in 1913, President Wilson needlessly took the U.S. to war overseas to extend and worsen World War I which paved the way to Hitler and World War II, and then Presidents FDR and LBJ imposed the New Deal and the Great Society, respectively.
What we have now is a system and a society of collectivism, of mass plunder and criminality, in which everything is everybody’s and covetousness is the way of life now, as well as mass murder with the foreign wars started by the thugs in Washington. The real libertarian answer to all that is to restore the “rule of law,” actually consider theft to be a criminal act whether committed by civilians or government bureaucrats and their enforcers.
The true libertarian answer to society’s problems, which are created almost entirely by governmental intrusions, is to dismantle the entire corrupt, murderous national security state apparatus, as well as each and every illegitimate government bureaucracy that is being funded involuntarily by the workers and producers of society.
The real libertarian solution is to require that all contracts, transactions, associations and relationships be voluntary. No coercion.
Perhaps it would help if Gary Johnson and Bill Weld could read these:
The Ethics of Liberty, Free Market, For a New Liberty, and The Case Against the Fed by Murray Rothbard
The Myth of National Defense, ed. by Hans-Hermann Hoppe
Soak the Poor by Frank Chodorov.
Taxation is Robbery by Frank Chodorov
Economics in One Lesson, by Henry Hazlitt
The Criminality of the State by Albert Jay Nock