In case you haven't noticed, (but really, how have you not noticed?) my mother is a serious Libertarian. She's hard-core, man. She goes to Libertarian rallies in New Hampshire (which is, apparently, the Libertarian holy land). She pickets and campaigns for Libertarian candidates. And she periodically sends out emails like this:
I bought a bird feeder. I hung it on my back porch and filled it with seed. What a beauty of a bird feeder it is, as I filled it lovingly with seed. Within a week we had hundreds of birds were taking advantage of the continuous flow of free and easily accessible food.
But then the birds started building nests in the boards of the patio, above the table, and next to the barbecue. Then came the poop. It was everywhere: on the patio tile, the chairs, the table,in the pool.
Then some of the birds turned mean. They would dive bomb me and try to peck me even though I had fed them out of my own pocket.
And others birds were boisterous and loud. They sat on the feeder and squawked and screamed at all hours of the day and night and demanded that I fill it when it got low on food.
After a while, I couldn't even sit on my own back porch anymore. So I took down the
bird feeder and in three days the birds were gone. I cleaned up their mess and took down the many nests they had built all over the patio.
Soon, the back yard was like it used to be.... quiet, serene and no one demanding their rights to a free meal.
Now let's see.
Our government gives out free food, subsidized housing, free medical care, and free
education and allows anyone born here to be an automatic citizen.
Then the illegals came by the tens of thousands. Suddenly our taxes went up to pay for free services; small apartments are housing 5 families; you have to wait 6 hours to be seen by an emergency room doctor; your child's 2nd grade class is behind other schools because over half the class doesn't speak English.
Corn Flakes now come in a bilingual box; I have to 'press one' to hear my bank talk to me in English, and people waving flags other than 'Old Glory' are squawking and screaming in the streets, demanding more rights and free liberties.
Just my opinion, but maybe it's time for the government to take down the bird feeder.
If you agree, pass it on; if not, continue cleaning up the poop!
So there ya go - a little Libertarian allegory for you. Even though I have a Libertarian mother, I honestly don't know a whole lot of details about the Libertarian political theories and philosophies (my mother is not the pushy sort - although I AM counting on her to comment on this post from a Libertarian perspective).
Here's what Wikipedia says (god I love the wiki!):
Libertarianism is a term used by a broad spectrum of political philosophies which prioritize individual liberty and seek to minimize or even abolish the state. The definition of libertarian in a political context is a contentious issue and libertarians agree on no single principle or set of principles. The extent to which government is necessary, if at all, is evaluated from a variety of distinct metaphysical, epistemological, and moral grounds. The word libertarian is an antonym of authoritarian.
While I can understand where Libertarian ideals are coming from, I just don't have faith in humanity to provide the necessary social support systems without government funding and organization. My mother says that without government intervention, people would be free to donate their hard-earned money to whatever causes or organizations they deemed appropriate. So, if you felt passionate about after-school programs or subsidized housing or free medical care or supporting the arts or caring for the environment, you could donate to those causes of your own free will instead of the government taking your money and deciding for you.
In theory, this sounds zip-a-dee-doo-dah rosy. Yay! No more government! We are intelligent, altruistic people who look out for one another and take care of each other.
This would be great except for the fact that, historically, human beings are selfish, barbaric creatures who can't see past the ends of our noses. I don't believe people would step up and be the benevolent, philanthropic individuals that would be required for Libertarianism to be successful. I predict it would be a much harsher, colder world for many people. I don't think "survival of the fittest" is a viable option.
Maybe that's not fair. Maybe I have no idea what I'm taling about (it's happened before!) Maybe I am dead wrong. Maybe it would be an interesting experiment to go totally Libertarian, abolish the government, and just see how it works. See if it CAN work. See who suffers and who prospers.
I don't know.