Am I a Libertarian?
I’ve become so confused on where I fit in on the political spectrum. I thought I was a Republican for years, even interning for McCain in ‘08. Since then though, either I have progressed or the [Republican] party has changed to the point that I no longer identify with their views.
I have y’all to thank for my progress into Libertarianism, however I find myself disagreeing with a few of the views here as well. Namely the views on police and military. I am former Army and actively applying to become a police officer.
I understand and agree with the thought process behind not wanting or needing a military for needless and unwarranted action in foreign countries, but do we not need a military for home defense? Without some sort of defense force, we would be dependent upon well armed (and shall we remain well armed) yet untrained citizens. (For those of you who think we won the Revolutionary War with an untrained militia, I should remind you that we brought in a Prussian general to train our troops as well as a well trained French army). That being said, do we not need a government to fund and organize some sort of military? Does that not mean taxes?
As for the police, I believe everyone should be free to live their lives any fucking way they please. There still needs to be order, though. A civilization cannot be civil without law, and there has to be some sort of enforcement of that law. I fully agree that the amount of policing, superfluous laws, using the community as a source of income, and institutional racism within police forces is shameful and absolutely needs to be addressed. (Be the change from within is my driving force.) There still has to be a code of laws. Drugs? Legal. Murder, rape, theft? Still illegal. A police-less country would quickly lead to an all out version of The Purge.
TLDR: can you be a Libertarian and still support the police and military?
Article from /r/Libertarian: For a Free Society