Like so many others, Nick Hanauer and Eric Liu base their disdain for libertarianism on a false premise of their own devising when they write in Bloomberg, "Libertarians Are the New Communists:"
"Radical libertarianism assumes that humans are wired only to be selfish, when in fact cooperation is the height of human evolution."
In reality libertarians understand that humans are wired to be both selfish and social, and they agree, with one caveat, that "cooperation is the height of human evolution."
The caveat is that "voluntary cooperation" is the height of human evolution while "coerced cooperation," the kind that governments and Hanauer/Liu clearly favor, represents the absence of human evolution.
Coercion is uncivilized barbarism at its most vile; no society based on coercion can ever logically or morally call itself "civilized."
From that basic false premise flows an article awash in false conclusions, such as: radical libertarianism "assumes that societies are efficient mechanisms requiring no rules or enforcers."
But free voluntary societies do have rules and enforcers.
The rules are established by the Zero Aggression Principle, that all people may do as they choose providing their actions don't coerce, intimidate or defraud anyone else. There can be no such thing as a "victimless crime."
The enforcers are everyone – individuals making decisions, choosing to interact and cooperate with some and not with others, buying some products and services but not others, using the force of self-defense both individually and in concert to counter the aggressions of people like Hanauer and Liu who would impose their will through the uncivilized means of coercion, intimidation and fraud.
Libertarians likewise believe in social welfare programs, handled on a local one-on-one voluntary basis where the truly needy and truly greedy are quickly identified and dealt with appropriately.
Radical libertarianism, the authors claim, "has a fatal flaw: It can’t be applied across a functioning society. What might radical libertarians do if they actually had power?"
And there's the "fatal flaw" of the author's false premise. The writers think politically motivated people like Ted Cruz, Grover Norquist, the Koch Brothers, and Ron and Rand Paul are "radical libertarians. They are not. They are, at best, Quasi Mainstream Libertarians.
The rest of their article devolves into simplistic silliness. Read at your own tolerance level.
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