• Jason Cave

The Problem with Libertarians 

As many of you know, I am a libertarian. I believe in the rights of the individual over the collective and the government only job is to protect those rights and literally nothing else. That being said I still have some criticism of the movement. The main one being the mentally that if you don't agree with every libertarian principle then you're not a real libertarian or you're just a disenfranchised Republican.

To see an example of this you need not look farther than Senator Rand Paul. Rand is by far the most prominent libertarian in Congress and has been so since his father Ron retired from the House of Representatives. Libertarian purists started criticizing him after Donald Trump was elected president and Rand started voting yes to confirm certain cabinet members and in particular voting to approve Bret Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Now there were legitimate reasons to not approve Kavanaugh because he has a record of being weak in his defense of the 4th Amendment(illegal search and seizure) but Rand ultimately voted to confirm him and was crushed my libertarian media outlets such as Reason. I'm not saying we shouldn't be critical of politicians when they do something we disagree with, but questioning wheather a Senator abandoned his principles because he chose to confirm a pretty good judge during an election year where if the Republicans lost the Senate a judge to the right of Ruth Bader Ginsburg wouldn't get confirmed seems like an overreaction.

I have been guilty of this myself. When I'm listening to the Ben Shapiro Show and Ben, who agrees with libertarian principles on 75 to 80percent of issues, talks about wanting to keep troops stationed in Syria I scream at my radio, "shut the f up you neocon," or when one of my friends said they supported the tariffs on China I've asked them how can they call themselves a libertarian. I've also been a victim of this sort of treatment also. Now to most people I'm the most libertarian person they'll ever meet, but even I am not pure enough to be apart of the club. Being pro-life I've been accused of not supporting body autonomy and wanting to control women's bodies. This is of course ridiculous and I have written an article about how being pro-choice is actually anti-libertarian. That being said, I don't accuse pro-choice libertarians of not being libertarian. We don't have to agree on every issue to realize that the government too large and too powerful and needs to be reeled in.


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