The libertarian movement isn’t going to succeed by having a Ron Paul politician run for president. The problem with this is threefold:
- They are hard to come by
- We still need a libertarian congress
- He’ll never win anyway
Rand Paul and Gary Johnson have been big dissapointments by purist libertarians (although I’ll explain why this doesnt matrer shortly). Neither of them called for legalizing every illicit drug or privatizing 90% of government functions. Dissapointing, right?
The pool for libertarians is extremely small. We have about only 3 with any name recognition. Rand, Justin Amash, and Thomas Massie. But the latter two are still practically nobodies outside libertarian circles.
But hypothetically speaking, even if one of these three somehow won the presidency, there’s not much they can do without congressional support. And that’s almost impossible to get due to, not just to the Democrat vs Republican divide, but also different factions within them as well.
But this Ron Paul person will never win anyway. It’s all because of this little thing known as the Overton Window. Heres Wikipedia to explain it to you:
The Overton window, also known as the window of discourse, is the range of ideas the public will accept…
According to Overton’s description, his window includes a range of policies considered politically acceptable in the current climate of public opinion, which a politician can recommend without being considered too extreme to gain or keep public office.
In the words of Milton Friedman:
It’s nice to elect the right people, but that isn’t the way you solve things. The way you solve things is by making it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right things.
It doesn’t matter how purist of a libertarian a politician is. What does, is how we can get them to enact libertarian policies or at least, not pass any authoritarian ones.
Sadly, legalizing cocaine is on the unthinkable side of the window. So the real issue for libertarians is “how can we move the window?”
The short answer is: live like a libertarian. If you really want to make the world a freer place, make it yourself.
Protest the Federal Reserve by using Bitcoin. Shove it to the taxi unions and use Uber. Get others to do the same. Better yet, be that entrepreneur who creates the next libertarian product. Our philosophy is about what we as individuals can do to improve society and enrich the world. What really need then is more Elon Musk’s, not Ron Paul’s.
But what if you’re not into all that ‘techy’ stuff? The humanities and arts is another equally important (and even more disregarded by libertarians) way to advance liberty.
Ayn Rand and George Orwell (albeit the latter being a ‘libertarian socialist’) were able to influence countless people with rich liberty literature such as Anthem and 1984 respectively.
I compiled a list of essays and videos to give some direction. Enjoy!
People Over Politics – Isaac Morehouse
Why Decentralism? An Exit and a Promising Alternative – David S. D’Amato
Politics Is Poison to the Human Spirit – Jeffrey A. Tucker
Politics of Decentralization – Jordan Greenhall
Don’t Waste Your Talents in Government – John Tammy
Practical Radicalism – Max Marty
Individual Liberty and the Humanities
Liberty and Art: How and Why Libertarians Failed – Paul Rosenberg
Defeating Poverty With Entrepreneurship – Julie Colombino
PS. I know what I said but again, as Uncle Milty said, it would still be nice to have libertarian lawmakers and politicians. We should still be somewhat involved in the political and academia realm. What I’m trying to get at is, if we want to see libertarians government; you need a libertarian electorate. Right now, that’s our biggest obstacle.