Currently, there isn’t any libertarian country in the world.
With a bit of modification, libertarianism is good to go actually. We do have holes that if not fixed will be fatal.
However, it can be fixed and should be fixed. Once it’s fixed, we will see libertarianism in all four corners of the world. Okay, I mean in enough places at least.
Still counting on morality
Capitalism, Libertarianism, and Minarchism are great. Why is it great? Because it doesn’t rely on morality. It counts mainly on greed.
Under capitalism, libertarianism, and minarchism, only two things are “wrong.” Force, fraud, and probably, not following contracts. That’s good enough most of the time.
The more we count on greed and selfishness the more robust a system is. Humans, after all, greedy and selfish.
Morality makes us blame others instead of coming up with a proper solution. Morality prevents us from seeing shades of grey. One thing is much worse than the other. In the eye of a moral person, they’re both wrong. A wise people would calmly pick a less bad alternative.
So what’s the problem? The problem is capitalism still count on morality. As long as we think something is “wrong” we still blame that thing instead of fixing the problem.
Let’s take a sample. Why aren’t we afraid of Russia Nukes? That’s because it’s not toward Russia’s best interests to nuke us. If they nuke us, we’re all dead, including Russians.
We do not count on Russians’ morality to be saved from their nukes. We count on a system where it’s not toward anyone’s best interest to hurt others.
Many libertarians think that welfare is “wrong.” Here is the problem with saying welfare is wrong. It’s there. Right or wrong, it’s there. So what’s the solution?
Most libertarians don’t have any solutions to reduce welfare. It’s “out of the libertarian box.” Libertarians’ “solution” is to say it’s wrong and that’s it.
A right ideology does not depend on morality at all. Everyone selfishly tries to maximize his interests and productivity as a whole is maximized.
That self-interest includes forcing or defrauding others. Basically, a good ideology would ensure that it’s not toward the best interest of people to commit force or fraud.
For example, Venezuelan are poor. Do you pay welfare to Venezuelan? No right. So not simply because someone is poor means we’re fucked and have to pay tax to support welfare checks. Welfare programs can be “defeated.”
The key is to be more powerful than the welfare parasites. Often, a way to do it is by giving less harmful people some less dangerous form of welfare.
Hate Governments too much
How do we prevent force or fraud?
Many ways. We build fences around our houses so burglars can’t come in. Freedom of speech means fraudulent companies are exposed.
However, for 40% of the time, at least currently, governments are the main solution to prevent forces or fraud.
Governments have cops and court. Most courts are not too bad or too unjust.
But governments cause a big problem. Now the governments themselves are the source of force or fraud.
So what’s the solution?
A bigger government on top of those governments? You know what it may work. However, it seems to be “pushing” the problem upward.
What’s on top of those bigger governments? Another even bigger governments?
And who is really on top of those even bigger governments?
Most people say there is God. Some say some moral principles.
Neither are effective.
It’s tried. Chinese ancient societies are like that. On top of feudal lords, there is an emperor. Then? The emperor is pretty much a douche and the Chinese change dynasty every 200-400 years.
So who should be on top of the top of all those governments? What about the market?
World peace means governments are mere players. Governments compete with each other like they are corporations.
World peace and competition among governments will force governments to be small.
So not being grateful and realizing this is a weakness in libertarianism.
Too much dichotomy
Libertarians divide organizations based on private vs public, between right vs wrong, between consensual vs nonconsensual.
Under libertarianism, “private parties” can do anything except force or fraud. The public entities like governments can only be a “referee”.
It’s not bad.
However, many things are grey.
For example, are obfuscating contract fraud? https://www.asiaone.com/singapore/sim-lim-scams-student-reduced-tears-after-being-charged-1k-iphone-warranty
Or what about https://www.reddit.com/r/EscalatingRevenge/comments/b6y6y1/big_companies_in_indonesia_used_obfuscated/
Do customers have the right to get correct and non misleading info?
Does not telling such to customers count as fraud? Imagine putting poison in coffee and not telling customers about it. Does that mean the customer drink the coffee consensually?
Much huge organization, like VOC and EIC, are private parties that are essentially government.
Many local governments are effectively private parties. Small countries are like private parties. Anyone that doesn’t like leaving there can easily go outside.
Here, simply dividing the organization into private vs public can make things that are different look the same.
For example, if you can choose between states raising tax or federal government raising the tax, which one will you choose? Under standard libertarianism, both are governments, both shouldn’t.
However, of course, states raising the tax is almost harmless. You can just move to another state. Irwin Schiff goes to jail opposing Federal Income tax, not state taxes.
I think anyone that wants to promote libertarianism or any ideology should see politic the way it indeed is — not blinded by their sense of right or wrong too much.
Not practiced enough
Where is a libertarian country? None. Not yet.
Democracy counts on the greed and interest of voters. That’s why democracy has greedy welfare parasites that demand bigger and bigger welfare. Greedy politicians also encourage them to breed, so they vote for bigger governments.
Libertarians are parties of principles.
Just like selfish interests trump any principles, democracy, surprisingly outperform libertarians in this area.
It’s kind of ironic.
Capitalism, a system that counts on self-interests in most area of life, counts on principles when it comes to government.
We should count on self-interests in politic as much as in business.
Instead of saying that it’s “wrong” that voters do not vote for libertarianism, we should come up with ways so that something more libertarians are more profitable for voters too.
Too hostile to power holders. Too little benefit for the mass
United States help South Vietnam in war. The United States, being capitalist, protect landowners right over land. The result? Many poor farmers side with the communist and the United States lost the war.
Libertarians create a country in Minerva. Then Tonga attacks. And that country is gone.
Israel was attacked by so many Arab states. Fortunately, they’re not libertarian. That’s how they survived.
If Israel were libertarians, they would have been destroyed.
Either through bullets or ballots, the large number of people can have their interests.
To have a stable state, we need more than just principles of NAP. We need muscle. The strong get what they want. The weak suffer what they must. The biggest crime is not force or fraud. The biggest crime in politic is weak or stupid.
If I were libertarians, I would pay soldiers or ask for protection from powerful states. In a democracy, rather than saying all taxation is theft or all welfare is theft, I would promote some moderate position that gets me to win elections.
For example, giving more welfare to those with fewer kids or ensuring that people living on welfare agree to be sterilized temporarily, will significantly reduce poverty. I’d go that direction rather than saying all taxes are stealing.
Not proven enough
Libertarianism is too “theoretical”. Where is a libertarian country? I see democratic nations, I see communist countries, I see Islamic countries. Where is a libertarian country?
Good ideologies are practiced. Democracy is worse than libertarianism. However, it is at least practiced. Any ideologies can work in “theory”. We should measure how good ideology is based on whether it’s working or not.
As of now, I wouldn’t stray far from democracy. I like libertarianism more. However, I want something that’s tried and working. We can change things slowly toward more libertarianism, and that’s it.
Libertarians may think that their ideology is good if only people believe that. That’s what every other proponent of other ideologies say.
Religious ideologies are practiced because even though it doesn’t work, they are at least convincing.
Even if libertarians are right, I would worry about using something too unproven. Why drastic changes? Why not work on what’s available and be grateful for what’s already working.
So what’s the solution?
Simple. Look at things that make the world libertarians and remind people of such.
If people want to raise a tax, remind them that our countries compete. That’ll reduce tax.
If people want bigger welfare, remind them that the more money given to children of welfare parasites, the less money go to each welfare recipient. Consider universal basic income. That one doesn’t encourage people to be poor or breed.
If people want to ban drugs, remind them that they get more citizen dividend if drugs are taxed instead of prohibited. Yes, that means some taxes and hence, not perfect. But it’s better than prohibition. Soon, competition among countries will make the most safe drugs legal everywhere.
In general, appeal to voters interests. Don’t appeal to morality. Tell voters that it’s toward their best interests to be more libertarians.
Compromise principles if necessary.