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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The Inefficacy of Libertarianism

The man who becomes a libertarian because he is inspired by the idea of liberty and free markets is like an alcoholic who tries to quench his thirst for alcohol by gazing at the labels in the bottles stacked on the shelves of a liquor shop. All that libertarianism can give you is the label (or the abstract theory) of liberty and free markets—this movement is not capable of persuading people to accept its ideas.

A nation is not an abstraction. People are not the creatures of ideology. Politics is not an abstract theory; it’s the domain of practical knowledge and skill. A movement which lacks practical knowledge and skill cannot have a direct impact on politics. The liberty and free markets that we have in some parts of the world today is not due to libertarian styled ideological movements—our modern way of life is the outcome of a confluence of cultural, historical, geographical, geo-political, religious, philosophical, economic, militaristic, and chance related factors. People with conservative, romanticist, and religious mindsets have played a major role in the rise of our world.

The wholly abstract and ideological presentation of the libertarians is, to some extent, responsible for the general decline in the appeal of the ideas of liberty and free markets.

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