Future of Libertarianism
I’m making this to try to see where people think the future of libertarianism lies. As a Libertarian I am torn between two options; vote Libertarian and try to make the Libertarians an actual power in American politics or join the Republican Party and try to change it from the inside.
Now trust me I’m not a fan of the current Republican Party but the unfortunate truth is that Libertarians don’t hold any real political power. Sure they can win a state election here or there but they don’t have any actual effect on national policy making.
My idea is that Libertarians start joining the Republican Party and start influencing them to move in a Libertarian direction. Then we get to put a big comfy (R) next to our names to calm rural and suburban voters that will vote for anything red.
This will let us actually push Libertarian ideas into the mainstream a little bit at a time and as the older Republicans who are basically big government conservatives who would faint at the idea of legal weed start to, for lack of a better phrase, die out, we can radicalize the younger generations to start embracing Libertarian policies.
We at least have a foothold with people like Ben Shapiro, who isn’t very Libertarian but at least opposes making gay marriage illegal, government bailouts, and has said he wouldn’t be too opposed to legalizing hard drugs. If we found a Libertarian caucus in the Republican Party it would automatically have more influence than the actual Libertarian party.
We can sit here all day owning 13 year old socialists on the merits of free markets but free markets have no chance of actually coming to fruition unless we gain some sort of Legislative power. Plus as a side we can help stop the Democrats who are as we speak trying to take our guns (S.66 and HR. 127).
Tell me what you think.
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