While no political party is perfect, there are a lot of great minds within many major political ideals. With the great minds comes new ideas that are innovative and wonderful. The ideals often contain flaws, which I will discuss in another post. But here, let me tell you what is good about libertarianism and the Libertarian Party.
- The Promotion of All Forms of Liberty: Humans should be free without limitation. Their actions, as long as they are not hurting someone else, should not be monitored, but freedom and differences should be encouraged.
- Free Market Economy: Having a free market economy means that the markets and industries should not be controlled by governments, instead letting the capitalist system take over. The idea is the more involved the government is in the markets, the less successful the marketplace will be since it will be overly regulated and dismissive of new and innovative methods.
- The Pursuit of a Government Less Involved. We currently are residing in what is called a “nanny state,” meaning that our government has its hand in every aspect of American’s lives. We have seen how long it takes for our government to actually succeed in getting anything done. There are a million hoops to jump through as well as regulations that are just impossibly to hold yourself up to. Taking away the government oversight in many areas will make work and facilities more streamlined, removing all of the bureaucracy that is holding us down.
- The Anti-Military Standpoint: Remember that the Libertarian Party was created as a reaction to the draft during the Vietnam War. As a result, the libertarians believe that peace is best reached through trade and commerce rather than invasions and wars. There are American bases in 186 countries that seem entirely unnecessary. We are not at war with 186 countries and should not be sitting within another country, wasting taxpayer dollars while achieving nothing.
- Opposition to Welfare: The welfare system within the United States is greatly flawed. The system can be too easily accessible for people who do not actually need it and at the same time be hard to access for the people who do. Presently, we have full-time workers sitting at the poverty line, working incredibly hard, and not making it. These are the people who could use a hand up, but do not get it because they are hard workers. Libertarianism would eliminate the system as it is, creating different privatized areas to help the truly destitute, taking away the potential for people to ruin the system by taking advantage of it. The fact of the matter is that there are too many loopholes in the system, turning the country into an unsuccessful socialist setup.
- The Demand for Responsibility: One of the core beliefs of libertarianism is that each person should be responsible for themselves, removing the blame on other people and the government. If you make a poor choice and suffer as a result, it is not society’s responsibility to fix your problem for you, but your problem to solve. The government will be able to save a lot of money through libertarianism, because there are no corporate bailouts. This will also eliminate the national debt by reducing the amount of money the country forks out in order to help others.
- The Common Good Does Good: The idea of doing things for the common good will be truly for the common good. People will not be financially punished because of someone else. The individual should not be sacrificed to reach a common good since the individual is just as important as the group and should be considered as such.