Normally I wouldn’t call out a reader like this, but since it was posted by Anonymous, eh…
This comment was left on my last post Open letter to the Libertarians:
Libertarians aren’t seeking moral approval from armed robbers. You can hold whatever opinion you choose, but as soon as you point a gun at Americans to “draft” them into your war, or to pay “taxes” to support your war, then you belong in a prison with the Nazis. Who did the very same thing. Why didn’t the German Jews make their own guns and fight their own defensive war? As an educated, mechanically skilled, relatively well-off group numbering in the millions they were in a great position to fight. If they had simply disobeyed as a group nothing would have happened to them, just like when Americans disobeyed additional gun registration in Connecticut in 2014 and California in 2018 without consequence.
Libertarians aren’t seeking moral approval from people who don’t understand economics and will starve people as a consequence. After a hurricane, jacking up the price of water or other necessities which have become more scarce or harder to deliver is the only reliable way to get those necessities to people. If the price is mandated not to increase, then stuff will be sold out and there will be none available. This is not an improvement. The free market is the best mechanism to react quickly to supply damage from natural disasters, and further ration what is available. You can hold whatever opinion you choose, but as soon as you point a gun at Americans to “mandate” them not to change prices, then you belong in a prison with the Nazis. Who did the very same thing.
People who knowingly sell fake medicine belong in prison.
This right there is a kook and why Libertarianism is dead as a political entity.
If you believe in taxation, you are a Nazi.
I guess that includes our Founding Fathers. Sure, we didn’t have a Federal income tax at the founding of this nation, but we did have taxes and a department of the treasury to oversee their collection.
Rational people can have discussions all day about taxation, what is too much, on what should they be spend, so on and so forth.
Personally I’m big on a flat tax. Same rate for everybody regardless of how income is made, e.g., wages, salary, income on investment, etc.
There are things not mandated in our Constitution that we spent money on that I’m glad we did. I’m a huge fan of NASA. I love that we went to the moon and put a telescope in space for no other reason than science. That also goes for some of the research done by the Department of Energy on high energy physics, like what is done at Stanford, Argonne, and Fermi National Labs.
We can discuss spending on welfare projects, subsidies to industries, no bid contracts, and all the wasteful spending we do. That’s reasonable.
I value freedom, I can’t state that strongly enough. But there is a tipping point at which freedom turns into anarchy and instead of America, you get Somalia.
Instead of the wealthiest and most stable nation on earth, you get one of the poorest and most chaotic.
The goverment spent money to electrify the interior of the United States. The free market made it cost effective to electrify the major cities of the coasts. After a certain point, it wasn’t worth it to the electric companies to run wires to rural America because power would be prohibitively expensive and rural Americans wound’t buy it.
In one of the few great progressive victories, our goverment realized it would be a bad idea for the coasts to be 20th century cities with electricity and telephones and middle of the country to be stuck in the 19th century without electricity or flush toilets. That would cause national instability. Money was spent to subsidize the power companies to electrify America’s farm land.
The byproduct of that was a green revolution, industrial development in Middle America, and middle class economic growth.
Or we could be like the third world nations of Africa where the rich in the cities have cellphones and the poor in rural areas are still poking in the ground with sticks to subsistence farm.
You do not achieve national stability when you have the first world and third world joined together as one nation.
I don’t think it makes me a Nazi because I’m glad the government paid to run power to the middle of Nebraska or put a man on the moon and taxed Americans to do it.
The achievement was worth the cost.
“Taxation is theft, and I will stand on that principle even if it means that society collapses all around me into socioeconomic anarchy.”
That’s why Libertarians can’t have nice things.