Unfortunately nothing dampens an economy and kills overall job creation more than business-government partnerships. Read "The Birth of Plenty," by William J. Bernstein; or to really understand read the greatest novel ever written, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged.
Libertarians have a seldom mentioned ideal: the separation of business and state. This does not mean that government forsakes its duty to prosecute fraud or assault when practiced by businesses. It does mean government allows the "invisible hand" of the free market to regulate business; government stands aside and says to business, "may the force be with you," knowing that the "force" of the free market is a much safer regulator of business practice than government could ever be.
Business regulation by the free market is infinitely more efficient because meddling politicians and government bureaucrats are incapable of knowing every single factor world-wide, past, present, and future which they would have to know to reasonably regulate. Therefore, they set up their petty little regulatory dictatorships and regulate blindly, which means insanely.
Things get worse when businesses join in cahoots with government. Suddenly there are no competitive forces to keep either the partnering businessman or bureaucrat honest. They reign like thugs. Even if they don't become totally corrupt, they relax into inefficiency and snail's pace reform. Government partnership with select businesses discourages those who do not get selected. Independent invention and entrepreneurship start dying out.
Libertarians tend to turn voters off with their incessant yapping about marijuana, seat belts and TSA screening. Yet all those pet issues easily become solved by applying the overall libertarian answer to saving and prospering any country: separation of business and state.
To understand the evil psychology of modern "liberal progressives," read Ayn Rand's "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
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