Why are libertarians so bad at political marketing?
I was watching the Libertarian Presidential Debate on John Stossel, and I was genuinely shocked at how boring and dumb they made some good policies look.
Libertarian policies can actually be very appealing for nearly every group of people:
Suburban Middle America: Focus on rights and ‘traditional American values’ of free speech and gun ownership. Lower taxes for their general affluence and less regulations for their businesses.
African-Americans: Dismantling systems of power that harm African-americans, such as the War on Drugs and stop on search.
> Hispanic Americans: Pro-immigration, massively expand opportunities for hispanic immigrants and integrating the 11 million or so illegal immigrants into the economy. > Teenage Edge Lords: A massive F U to the system, seen through Vermin Supreme.
General policies many many people would like:
> Ending foreign wars: just say that every time your money goes to bombing kids in the Middle East, and every time an American comes home dead, nobody benefits and we should end it. > Drug creation regulation: Less regulation in patents means drugs like insulin would become much cheaper. > Ending surveillance state, more rights to privacy that couldn’t be matched by Republicans or Democrats.
Funnily enough, I’m not a libertarian, I’m actually a social democrat, but the libertarian party could definitely form an opposite and equal form to Bernie, but as a 3rd party.
And when I watch their debates, the candidates are just shit. I hear buzzwords like ‘centrally planned socialist system’, ‘enslaved to the government’, ‘abolish all welfare tomorrow’ and other stupid stuff.
I guess the ‘problem’ is that they think pragmatic libertarians are terrible, but come on, nobody is going to vote for someone who’s only answer to a question about poverty is saying ‘welfare is socialism’ and says they’d scrap all welfare tomorrow if they could.
Personally, if I was running I would come up with a detailed plan of action for replacing the welfare state with private charity over the course of 4 years, through building bottom up systems (helped by local government) through housing co-operatives, food bank charity, a school voucher system and all the rest. That’s a realistic option, and would potentially sway people to vote for them. I mean at one point it’s common sense.
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