"If libertarianism means anything, it means abandonment now and always of government attempts to better the lives of citizens economically." --Anonymous
From U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics: 92,986,000 16 yrs and older not in labor force
The Obama Administration has been following the footsteps of the Roosevelt Administration from the 1930s: attempting to "cure" perceived economic problems by vast government expenditures to fund Utopian welfare programs. Just as in the 1930s, insane government spending (even ignoring idiotic modern levels of business regulation) continues to pour sugar into the gas tank of the job-creating, prosperity-creating engine of capitalism. Maybe you are one of the lucky ones who is thriving economically, but how many other Americans are at the mercy of government elites who know not what they do?
Government by so-called "progressives" can only be economically regressive; creates more poverty than ever; eventually leads to citizen-robots going through the motions, feeling their spirit stirring only occasionally in forbidden black markets; and if carried far enough inevitably ends in martial law and slavery to government.
In Ayn Rand's astoundingly prophetic novel "Atlas Shrugged" (which every liberty lover should trumpet far and wide) the elites have destroyed the economy to such a degree that they feel the need to issue a dictatorship directive (while of course providing for themselves):
"I have a question about Point Seven [of the directive]," said Kinnan. "It says that all wages, prices, salaries, dividends, profits, and so forth will be frozen on the date of the directive. Taxes, too?"
"Oh, no!" cried Mouch. "How can we tell what funds we'll need in the future?"
Politicians and bureaucrats using government policies to meddle in an economy always begins and ends in dictatorship. Meddling in the economy is not the reason governments are formed. It is an unnatural function artificially inserted into government by the dictatorship urge of progressives. Just as human beings were not born to live under water like fish or to fly from treetop to treetop like birds, so it is not and can never be a proper function of governments to mind the economic welfare of people.
Libertarians say "No!" to a welfare state telling people how they must live, and robbing people of the opportunity to teach themselves (through the lessons they create for themselves) how to survive and thrive. Libertarians say to politicians and bureaucrats, "Mind your own business! We'll mind ours!"
Libertarians are grounded in natural law, not man-made law. If in the minds of libertarians there is any reason at all for government's existence, the sole and only reason is to uphold natural laws. Spiritual libertarians might say "laws given by God," while atheist libertarians might say "common sense laws." No difference. People cannot live together in peace if they are allowed to murder each other, steal from each other, bear false witness, defraud each other, etc. The highest good for everyone is served only when men and women live by a "rule of law." But not just any law. Not man-made law, not ego-made law which stifles risk-taking spirit in the vain dream of lessening people's material challenges.
In "The Forgotten Man," Amity Shlaes illustrates how starry-eyed communist sympathizers ruled within the Roosevelt Administrations and would have wrecked the American economy forever had it not been for a few heroic men and women who said "No!" to an American fascism masquerading under the label "progressive." While Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" illustrates in fiction the deeply warped psychology of liberal-progressives, Amity Shlaes' shows the very real effects of such a warped psychology ... in very real world history.
a socialist governmental system led by a dominant elite which seeks to control industry and commerce, and uses legislation and governmental decree to force Utopian programs on people.
one's natural state of being; a governmental system reflecting one's natural state, including voluntary funding and voluntary willingness to join and cooperate with minimal intrinsic rules, but with no programs of "good intention" forced on people "for their own good."
If you are newly waking up to your innate libertarian core and want to investigate deeper the underlying nonsense of the liberal-progressive religion of government worship, give yourself the pleasure of reading Ayn Rand's epic and masterful novel, Atlas Shrugged.
"God's laws will keep your minds at peace, because peace IS His Will, and His laws are established to uphold it. His are the laws of freedom, but yours are the laws of bondage. Since freedom and bondage are irreconcilable, their laws CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD TOGETHER. The laws of God work only for your good, and there ARE no other laws beside His. Everything else is merely lawLESS, and therefore chaotic." -Jesus Christ in A Course in Miracles
Interesting factoid: for the last election year studied (1998) some of the highest percentage of votes for Libertarian Party candidates were for candidates who had been studying free of charge the lessons of: Course in Political Miracles
For a great discussion on Christianity vs. State Socialism see: Christianity vs. State Socialism
“I did not understand what made me free, nor what my freedom is, nor where to look to find it. Father, I have searched in vain until I heard Your Voice directing me. Now I would guide myself no more. For I have neither made nor understood the way to find my freedom. But I trust in You. You Who endowed me with my freedom as Your holy Son will not be lost to me. Your Voice directs me." (Prayer from A Course in Miracles)
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