The End of Democracy
This election cycle – while it has been difficult on libertarians with the fall of Rand Paul, the election of Gary Johnson for the LP ticket, his multiple gaffes, his inability to get into the debates, and so on – presents a grand opportunity once you wipe your eyes from peeling back the layers of the proverbial onion. Americans are losing hope in our system. Trump isn’t the only one questioning the legitimacy of democracy herself.
As you can see from the poll taken from Washington Post, in cooperation with Survey Monkey, out of 3,000 registered voters – 40% have lost faith in democracy as a result from this election cycle. Likewise, only 52% of those polled still have faith in democracy. With a margin of error by 3%, the numbers might be on our side to end democracy?
Now the state abolishing itself is rather unlikely, but with the faith in democracy falling one can stipulate that the faith in the entire government is falling by the same measures. In other words, though libertarians aren’t playing a huge role in this political process, the state is losing legitimacy on their monopoly of force and violence at rapid speeds.
As we expand on this idea, another bit of solace for liberty lovers come from another poll conducted by the same group. This time, they asked the same voters, “If your preferred candidate ends up losing, would you accept the election as legitimate?” Take a look at the results:
While the majority of voters would at least ‘probably’ support the other candidate winning, an astonishing 28% answered as ‘unlikely’, with 10% of that as definitely not. It was the Trump supporters who were less likely to support a Hillary president than vice versa. While those 10%, or the larger 28%, probably aren’t supporting the liberty candidate (if there even is one), liberty itself is faring pretty well. Let’s hope if Trump loses (not an endorsement of any kind), he sticks to what he said in the debate.
The Washington Post op-ed went on to say that people are even trusting other people less and less, especially with millennials. From the Post,
“Of even greater concern, it’s the youngest voters who are most wary of others: Seventy-nine percent of those 18 to 24 say people should be careful of others, compared with just more than half (52 percent) of those 65 and older.” [Read the whole article here]
So what does this mean? It means that as government gets more and more powerful and deceitful (and downright evil), it is expanding to affect the hearts and minds of all Americans. Government is a cancer and it’s fueling distrust among people.
While I haven’t conducted any empirical studies on the matter, I imagine the decline in trust among other people has to deal with our continual progress away from capitalism and towards socialism. Capitalism teaches one how to work with others to solve common goals, how to conduct business and learn to trust other people you might have never met, and how to provide value in other peoples’ lives, which is a foundation for establishing any kind of trust.
Conversely, socialism teaches one how to cheat and steal from the system, how to make good for yourself at the extent of other peoples’ labor, how to gain relationships only to screw over the other whenever an opportunity to advance your goal – at the expense of your so-called friend – occurs. Capitalism preaches trust while socialism asphyxiates it.
The Case for a Single Ruler
It should be noted that by single ruler I mean a single ruler precisely in charge of ruling over him/herself, and nobody else. Some might call it anarchy, but that term carries an ugly mask much too far off the 3×5 card of allowable opinion. (You know what else doesn’t make the 3×5 card of allowable opinion? – Tom Woods’ Liberty Classroom!) And anyways, anarchy doesn’t have to mean no rules, police, or roads, simply that we privatize those crucial industries.
I’m so tired of hearing the government say, X industry is far too important to leave to the free market. No, instead, X industry is far too important to leave to the government’s control, even government itself.
If everyone governed themselves, the world would be a much better place. (Just imagine what war would look like! Mono e mono, fight to the death and you can’t violate a third party’s property rights! War would evaporate as quick as the government.) Let’s be frank. People are fed up. The polling reinforces this. Time for some ‘radical’ decreases in the state.
Almost every problem the state attempts to solve (with violence as their means) ends up backfiring in the faces of the people they tried to help the most. The wars in the middle east, the welfare state, through minimum wage laws, price controls, and etc all highlight this belief.
Whether their intentions are noble or not, their actions rarely are.
With no overbearing federal government, we can’t falsely value the theft of others’ resources to redistribute them as the government sees fit. On the most fundamental level, we will start to rebuild peoples’ trust in other people by eradicating the use of violence as a means to achieve an end.
With a true capitalistic system, providing value to others’ is the exclusive means to achieve any ends. Furthermore, with capitalism – where one person cannot be personally benefitted at the expense of others through governmental force – we would see dramatic increases to our standard of living and our wellbeing.
If we want to once again be a great and prosperous and trusting nation, we must erode ourselves from the cancer that is government. And while the libertarians are falling short this election cycle, liberty is seeping through the cracks and, in time, will suffocate the state.
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