To Republicans mad at libertarians: You have to win in the marketplace of ideas just like any other market.
To put it simply, and in a manner that I believe most Republicans will understand, the marketplace of ideas is just like any other market – you have to be good enough to earn our business.
If a company is selling a product and they anticipate that a given percentage of a population will buy this product but for whatever reason they don’t buy it, where does the blame fall? Is the blame on the consumer for not buying? Or is the blame on the company for not putting out a good enough product?
If you’re at all free market minded, you know the problem always lies with the product not being good enough. You gotta put out a better product to get the business.
It’s the consumer. Not the producer that decides what will be purchased.
The metaphor goes along with voting of course if you haven’t understood the metaphor yet.
I’m constantly getting messages from my Republican friends stating how Libertarians are simply too picky of voters and it’s in their best interest to vote Trump. Which to me just sounds like a company saying “If you know what’s good for you, you’ll buy our flawed product. We know we can make it better, but we’re not going to and you have to lower your standards so that you can buy our product.”
I’m not at all a fan of Trump and while I wasn’t going to vote for him due to my personal policy beliefs, I wouldn’t vote for him because he’s a huge asshole. Republicans keep telling me I should disregard that and just focus on his policy… which to me is mixed good at best. But ultimately they’re telling me to lower my standards so that I feel comfortable buying their product.
Dump Trump, appeal to Libertarians though policies, and maybe you’ll win some over. I’ll be voting Libertarian until I don’t think they reflect my beliefs anymore, but maybe you can pull some people by putting out a better product, not shaming Libertarians into buying your pile of shit product.
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