Most people are ignorant of what Libertarianism is. And it is the way most people want to run their lives. Liberals and Libertarians agree on at least one issue: the government should not tell you who they should marry.
The problem with my fellow conservatives, as I’ve argued elsewhere, is that Conservatives have fallen to use the easy and evil means of the government to form the ideal society. But this is just what progressives do too! The malicious principle is ‘using to deal with other people’s freedoms that do not harm anyone else.’ Both Progressives and Conservatives do this. Libertarianism reveals this exact problem. And this is the exact reason why Libertarianism gets along with both Conservatives and Liberals: they don’t want the government to tyrannize people with the policies of the other party — so one those issues each side agrees on small government with the Libertarian. However, both Conservatives and Liberal are happy to use government to force their own policies upon society. They are are contradictory. This is just as Kennedy said, most people are amazed at how consistent Libertarianism is.
Libertarians will succeed in Hollywood, because we are a good entertaining show — seeming to be like both conservatives and Liberals, but yet mysteriously being neither: for small government, for diminishing military campaigns, whenever our safety can truly sustain it, and for legalizing drugs, as well as keeping the state out of marriage — yet many Libertarians also live according to many traditional principles (except of course without all the fuddy-dutty Ms. Thistle-bottem strictures).
We are the new emerging third way that brings unity to both sides. And maybe we will be the most effective because we sneak under radar of Liberals in Hollywood, as we agree on many things. And we might persuade the Liberal to eventually conclude that the government will eventually tyrannize them too: their beloved little frankenstein-monster that they are growing in the studios will eventually turn on them and become their master.
The only way to preserve people’s liberties is not for a big government to “give them to you” — as a present on election day; but for the government to “not take any of them away, or have anything to o with them.
The schoolyard bully treats a person well, as long as he, or she, thinks you’re cool and helpful. But as soon as the bully doesn’t need a person anymore — then the government-bully will tyrannize you just like everyone else. It might take some people that long to conclude that big government will kill them just like the un-cool person. The Hollywood elites will eventually realize this. But this simple truth, that big government will tyrannize everyone whenever it is in their interest, makes Libertarianism our best position to have civil, social, and political liberties — we’re the only ones for limiting government and allowing social freedoms! Liberal think that they will never have their own freedoms unless they elect government officials to give them. No! This is not the answer We don’t want to create ally with Stalin just to escape from Hitler. There is only one way out of the tyranny of this growing frankensteinian monster. Stop feeding it steroids and giving it more power over us. The answer: let people do whatever they want, and we can use the government to stop them only in cases where they harm or restrict someone else’s liberties.
That means, the Libertarian urges us to stop using the Government to control other people’s social liberties — that is tyranny of the majority (see Aristotle and Plato’s warnings!). We can engage in a war of persuasion. But freedom and democracy demand that we limit the government to controlling people from harming others — and not for controlling society — let people organize society freely according to economic interest and charity.