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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Charles Cooke's “The Conservatarian Manifesto: Future Of The GOP (A Deep Hope)

The Future of the GOP

An intriguing perspective, but only national demographics will change the GOP!

The Institute for Human Studies

George Mason University

What is Libertarian?

According to The Machinery of Freedom by David Friedman, Open Court Publishing Company, 1973.
The central idea of libertarianism is that people should be permitted to run their own lives as they wish. 
According to Libertarianism: A Primer by David Boaz, Free Press, 1997. 
Libertarianism is the view that each person has the right to live his life in any way he chooses so long as he respects the equal rights of others. Libertarians defend each person's right to life, liberty, and property-rights that people have naturally, before governments are created. In the libertarian view, all human relationships should be voluntary; the only actions that should be forbidden by law are those that involve the initiation of force against those who have not themselves used force-actions like murder, rape, robbery, kidnapping, and fraud.
According to Funk and Wagnall's Dictionary
lib-er-tar-i-an, n. 1. a person who advocates liberty, esp. with regard to thought or conduct.... advocating liberty or conforming to principles of liberty.
According to American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition, 2000.
NOUN: 1. One who advocates maximizing individual rights and minimizing the role of the state. 
The Challenge of Democracy (6th edition), by Kenneth Janda, Jeffrey Berry, and Jerry Goldman 
Liberals favor government action to promote equality, whereas conservatives favor government action to promote order. Libertarians favor freedom and oppose government action to promote either equality or order.
According to What It Means to Be a Libertarian by Charles MurrayBroadway Books, 1997.
......Libertarianism is a vision of how people should be able to live their lives-as individuals, striving to realize the best they have within them; together, cooperating for the common good without compulsion. It is a vision of how people may endow their lives with meaning-living according to their deepest beliefs and taking responsibility for the consequences of their actions.

We often hear the word "Libertarian." We hear the representative word for an alleged ideology which supposedly espouse liberty for all with personal acceptance of consequences. A quick view of the nation's most celebrated Libertarians yields a reality that is existently bastardized from all definitions posted above.

 Overt racist with irrefutable evidence of a mental state deprived of social tolerance. One who openly hobnobs with white supremacist and the party responsible for one of the most heinous and racist political newsletter in US History: Ron Paul.  A former candidate for the GOP nomination for president who publicly promulgated for the legalization of heroin. He did so at a time when the highly addictive substance has worked its way into the young in suburban white American.

 Quack, Chameleon, Serial Plagiarist, Admitted anti- 1974 Civil Rights act, Signatory of the Iran Open Letter, Admitted exponent of "Misinformation" (University of Louisville address to medical students), Consistently votes with Lock-step GOP members of the Senate even when such votes deprive Veterans of benefits. Lest we forget the prospect the apple may not have fallen far form that tree depicted above. 

 Wichita Oligarchs who obviously want to shape the nation in their likeness of their father: cofounder of the John Birch Society. Funders of resegregation of schools in certain communities, anti-public education, major buyers of US politicians, primary supporters of the American Legislative Exchange Council-ALEC, an incubator for corporate influence on Republicans, and a 1980 platform that hasn't changed in decades.

Here are just a few excerpts of the Libertarian Party platform that David Koch ran on in 1980: 
  • “We urge the repeal of federal campaign finance laws, and the immediate abolition of the despotic Federal Election Commission.”
  • “We favor the abolition of Medicare and Medicaid programs.”
  • “We oppose any compulsory insurance or tax-supported plan to provide health services, including those which finance abortion services.”
  • “We also favor the deregulation of the medical insurance industry.”
  • “We favor the repeal of the fraudulent, virtually bankrupt, and increasingly oppressive Social Security system. Pending that repeal, participation in Social Security should be made voluntary.”
  • “We propose the abolition of the governmental Postal Service. The present system, in addition to being inefficient, encourages governmental surveillance of private correspondence.  Pending abolition, we call for an end to the monopoly system and for allowing free competition in all aspects of postal service.”
  • “We oppose all personal and corporate income taxation, including capital gains taxes.”
  • “We support the eventual repeal of all taxation.”
  • “As an interim measure, all criminal and civil sanctions against tax evasion should be terminated immediately.”
  • “We support repeal of all law which impede the ability of any person to find employment, such as minimum wage laws.”
  • “We advocate the complete separation of education and State.  Government schools lead to the indoctrination of children and interfere with the free choice of individuals. Government ownership, operation, regulation, and subsidy of schools and colleges should be ended.”
  • “We condemn compulsory education laws … and we call for the immediate repeal of such laws.”
  • “We support the repeal of all taxes on the income or property of private schools, whether profit or non-profit.”
  • “We support the abolition of the Environmental Protection Agency.”
  • “We support abolition of the Department of Energy.”
  • “We call for the dissolution of all government agencies concerned with transportation, including the Department of Transportation.”
  • “We demand the return of America's railroad system to private ownership. We call for the privatization of the public roads and national highway system.”
  • “We specifically oppose laws requiring an individual to buy or use so-called "self-protection" equipment such as safety belts, air bags, or crash helmets.”
  • “We advocate the abolition of the Federal Aviation Administration.”
  • “We advocate the abolition of the Food and Drug Administration.”
  • “We support an end to all subsidies for child-bearing built into our present laws, including all welfare plans and the provision of tax-supported services for children.”
  • “We oppose all government welfare, relief projects, and ‘aid to the poor’ programs. All these government programs are privacy-invading, paternalistic, demeaning, and inefficient. The proper source of help for such persons is the voluntary efforts of private groups and individuals.”
  • “We call for the privatization of the inland waterways, and of the distribution system that brings water to industry, agriculture and households.”
  • “We call for the repeal of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.”
  • “We call for the abolition of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.”
  • “We support the repeal of all state usury laws.”
If we re-read the classic definition of "libertarianism", it is clear the movement no longer resembles its founding ideology. As a matter of personal perception, I have yet to meet, hear or read a Libertarian who was not in some way a social conservative. Hulk Hogan, well a bit of a problem for my perception, but maybe an anomaly. Since the GOP has ;proven to the nation Fiscal conservatism is merely campaign mantra not supported by facts, there is little need to exploring that aspect of Libertarianism

Why am I delving into Libertarianism?A guest on MSNBCs The Cycle offered an interesting (book hawking) segment replete with a future diagnosis for the GOP.

The following segment from today's The Cycle explores what is probably "a bridge way too far" for Republicans. I really enjoyed Ari Melber's witty depiction of the guest based on his choice of facial hair (avant garde for an American conservative).

The Future of the GOP

Charles Cooke, author of “The Conservatarian Manifesto: Libertarians, Conservatives, and the Fight for the Right’s Future,"

Mr. Cooke exhibits deep idyllic ideology; I posit his book is no more than that, a book with no prospect of influencing the GOP.

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