Yet Another Path To A Libertarian World
Dave Killion — October 1, 2012
In his book “The Myth of the Rational Voter“, economist Bryan Caplan examines public opinion data, and finds that the public policies of First World democracies are more libertarian than one would expect, given the clearly statist views of the citizenry. In his review of Martin Gilen’s new book, “Affluence and Influence: Economic Inequality and Political Power in America“, he discovers a possible reason why –
“[From Gilen’s data],Democracy has a strong tendency to simply supply the policies favored by the rich. When the poor, the middle class, and the rich disagree, American democracy largely ignores the poor and the middle class.” ….”this does not mean that American democracy has a strong tendency to supply the policies that most materially benefit the rich. It doesn’t.”….”(it) is simply that when rich and poor happen to disagree, the rich generally get their way.”
And so it seems that the rich are more libertarian than the poor and the middle class. Soooo, if the rich are more libertarian, and you are libertarian, then it is logical to conclude that you are supposed to be rich… well, not really. But if you are libertarian, you can get more of the policy you desire if you become rich. So get cracking.
And if you are looking for some other really effective ways to bring about a libertarian society, I have some suggestions for you:
– Have lots of kids. When they compare what you teach them to what they learn in public schools, they will become libertarian, too. And in time, they will make more little libertarians, and so on, and so on…
– Become a high school teacher or a university professor. You can then introduce libertarian ideas to people who will have likely heard of nothing except authoritarianism.
– Become a journalist. You can bring libertarian questions and views to an arena dominated by liberal/conservative enablers and cheerleaders.
– Become an artist. You can spread libertarian values through the visual and performing arts.
– Become a lawyer, or better yet, a judge. Defend libertarian causes, and overturn or strike down anti-liberty legislation.
– Become a priest. You can then protect your flock from the authoritarian nonsense they are fed by the media, the arts, their teachers, and their parents. And their old priest.
So many possibilities. I marvel that the coercive state has managed to hold on so long.
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