I should write a book about it, but as one well versed libertarian replied on a blog – I should fuck off and die, quite!
But as this is an open blog for those who wish to discuss things – let me make the first point.
I agree with Libertarians as much as I agree with the BNP – so why?
This is the UK Libertarian website – their manifesto.
Should I go through it line by line and bore any readers to death? I think not – you read their manifesto and I’ll just make a few comments.
The first principle is the rule of law – but, as I look through the manifesto – who makes the law? Well, parliament makes the law and then some body of enlightened individuals looks at it and says whether it is constitutionally sound or not.
In a way I agree with that, always have – said so many times even. But I want a constitution, if there has to be a written one, that is clear and precise for today, not back in the 1600’s.
Their taxing policy would be one of taxing what people spend rather than income. From what I see, it isn’t both. Now, we have to take into account that Libertarians don’t agree with regulation, so, in any crisis like there is now in the world – the regulators would not be able to do anything – including any law – because there would be no regulation, so Bernie Madoff and his ilk would have free reign – but they then say that they would regulate without fear or favour? OK – so which is it?
You allow regulation or you don’t. Core principle and all that. Regulation means that Madoff and his ilk can be investigated, no regulation means he can’t – nor the banks.
Healthcare is another one that I can’t quite get my head around. OK, libertarians believe that healthcare should be provided, this is a good thing. But they feel it should be by insurance based, not-for-profit, companies. Certainly not by the central government. And, as they don’t agree with a minimum wage, or welfare benefits, how do those who are poor pay for it?
I know that they say people who don’t have a safety will mean that they will provide for themselves. Oh, they certainly will – that is a given – but if you really think that people will, in a time of mass unemployment will just go out and negotiate a wage, any wage, just to work – you must either be blind or patently stupid. If insurance for healthcare is a minimum cost, because it is not-for-profit so it has to have inbuilt costs – just to keep it not-for-profit, and Joe Bloggs is getting 20p an hour to work 150 hours a week, well – what do you think Joe will actually do when one of his kids gets ill – or his wife dies?
“Giza-job – will work for food!”
Education is another one. Vouchers to send kids to the best school – great you say. Well, that is perfectly fine if you want mega-schools and teachers, the really good ones, teaching classes of 150 kids or more. All parents want great education for their kids, who would deny that? Certainly not me – and I do have a bit of sympathy with Libertarians, I don’t like LEAs having all that cash either! But parents can just go and say that they want their child in X school because it is the good one? Let the bad schools die because they don’t have any funding? What then happens to the teachers, the good ones, in that school – they all go to one massive central school to keep classes down? Interesting concept that Libertarians don’t, or should I say hate, centralisation, but their policies would make that centralisation inevitable.
And, again, if parents are out of work, looking for a job, (burger-flipping?) any job that they negotiate a wage to work for, have no time at home to make sure the kids go to school and not fall in with the bad crowd, why would they use those vouchers for their kid, rather than selling them at the going price to put food on the table?
We have to remember at this point, that all this is being funded on sales taxes, not income based taxation or a combination of both. You spend, you get taxed! As we humans really don’t like paying taxes, how long do you think those spending taxes are going to last? What I can see is a black market so large it would be the real economy! And in the black-market – you don’t have people paying any taxes at all – or have they missed that one?
No job, little money, no healthcare, no prospect of going to collage or uni because you have no job, no money and are providing for your family on or below the poverty line – where would you go to buy your stuff you need? Would this sales/spending tax be included into the price of a can of beans – or not?
Their gun law would have to be bolstered by an armed police force – no matter how they want to go back to Peelian principles.
All is fine for some class structure, maybe that is what they really want, fictional Victorianism? Edwardianism? Dickensian utopia?
I’m not sure!
Now my view has upset at least one Libertarian, he/she would like me to fuck off and die – but I believe that a society at ease with itself can thrive – and part of that is an economy that benefits all.
This is why I am not a Libertarian, but Liberal-Left.
Go read their manifesto – it looks great – for an individual. But a society isn’t just one person, it is made up of many.