Libertarians brand themselves as reasonable, but are not pragmatic at all
To start this off – I align with libertarian ideals much more closely than any other party. The government has made so many parts of our lives impossibly complex (taxes, running a small business, owning a vehicle, etc), and it seems like we’d be better off without half of these regulations. But it seems like I’m constantly frustrated by how idealistic and naive libertarians can be.
For example, I recently read Jo Jorgensen’s Q&A section of her campaign website. On it, she proposes to:
- Lower/Eliminate all business taxes
- Eliminate the IRS and income taxes
- Eliminate estate taxes
- Eliminate sales and property taxes wherever possible
Does anybody really think this is a reasonable platform? She’s running to be President of the United States, and part of her platform is to eliminate more than 92% of the federal government’s revenue. Will she decrease costs by that much? No, not even if she implemented all of her proposed cost cuts.
This is just one example. There are lots of good policies, but then you see shit like this and wonder if the people in charge even take it seriously. I can’t be the only person who feels like this.
Here’s another example that stood out:
Q: Should researchers be allowed to use animals in testing the safety of drugs, vaccines, medical devices, and cosmetics?
A: This should be decided by individuals, hoping they choose not to harm any animal. The free market will judge their actions.
If some companies are conducting unethical tests and others aren’t, do you think we (the free market) will ever even realize it? Even if we do find out, what the free market will realistically do is call for legislation banning these unethical practices, because that’s much easier to do than sustained boycotts and indefinite civilian oversight. I’ll use the same logic she used, but for a different point. Should a business also be allowed to waterboard employees for poor performance, because the free market will make them pay for their unethical actions? See how stupid that sounds?
Whatever. I’m not in a swing state so I’ll still vote Libertarian anyway.
Article from /r/Libertarian: For a Free Society