Saturday, March 26, 2011

In the search for libertarian voices on Tumblr I came across a bit of dialogue that doesn't sit right with me. Could I get your take on it? http://libertarians.tumblr.com/post/4091948680/in-a-libertarian-society-what-would-stop-corporations

It seems a tad overwrought and infused with conspiratorial paranoia. Point no 1. I would disagree with pending the writer's explanation of what he means by "a free society." My assumption is that his is on the extreme of the libertarian specturm and embraces anarchism or he is a Tea Party advocate. Given that he is located in Arizona I may have to side with Tea Party.

In fact the whole post sounds very much like Tea Party rhetoric. The Tea Party, in my opinion, is a pseudo libertarian movement. Most of them don't embrace the actual spirit of libertarianism beyond the vauge anti-federal government, anti taxation platform.

I have never cared much for the "taxation is theft" belief. Taxation, for the most part, is a necessary part of running a state. We submit to taxation in exchange for representation and a vast scope of civil liberties. That being sad, I don't believe that all taxation is necessarily just or reasonable. The preamble to our constitution states that the federal government's basic roles are to keep the wheels of commerce turning and provide for a common defense. These functions will require a certain level of taxation. What that exactly should mean and what is fair and reasonable is always up for debate.

However, I don't totally disagree with the notion that large corporations via their lobbyists have had a tremendous impact on the government. Sadly, corporate lawyers have managed to use the 14th Amendment to get their client's corporations to be treated like individual citizens, albeit artificial ones. However, I believe that this is still quite a fixable problem - but not able to exactly suggest a fix for you at this time.

The corruption of our republic by the moneyed and powerful few was one of the concerns of James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, which pitted them against Hamilton and his Federalists. It often feels like the corporations are winning. And why wouldn't they given how easily both Democrats and Republicans both accept sizable donations from these lobbying groups - often the same ones.

States, being comprised of humans, are subject to corruption. Our political machinery is the manifestation of our human interactions. This is what Aristotle meant by his often misunderstood axiom, "man is a political animal." Politics, from polis, from which we get the concept of city (metropolis among others) bespeaks the fact that humans are social creatures and we gather together in clumps. Social orders rise out of this clumping.

Humans will always create a "governing" body of some kind and as far as my present level of knowledge goes it seems that every society from the most primal to the most advanced does this. True libertarianism requires a high level of ethical conduct that I have yet to witness in the Tea Party movement or even my fellow Libertarians. My personal belief is that until our basic nature evolves a fair and just libertarian society is a great concept on paper worthy of striving for, but still out of reach.

Who will protect the weak from the remorseless. Most so-called libertarians are just wanting an excuse to be ruthless. Until we can eliminate the sociopathic from among us we will never achieve true libertarianism.

For a kiss I will answer all your questions.

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