The United States government has not grown just because of President Barack Obama. Past presidents have all had their hand in increasing the size and scope of the federal government, adding to the national debt and eroding the standard freedoms that Americans used to enjoy.
For some reason or another, Americans have become passive and complacent and have accepted the notion that the government knows best, it will provide everything to its citizens for free and one should never question its authority – of course, that changes from administration to administration in the eyes of a Republican or a Democrat.
There is a reason why retiring Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul never had a shot at the presidency in 1988, 2008 and 2012. There is a reason why Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson only got a million or so votes in the 2012 presidential election. There is a reason why people who espouse the ideas of (true) capitalism, a non-interventionist foreign policy and the Austrian School of Economics are frowned up on in everyday society.
Here is a brief list as to what the U.S. government legislates and/or practices that libertarians oppose:
- The Income Tax
- Social Security
- Patriot Act
- The ongoing wars
- Federal Reserve
- Market regulations
- Increasing the debt ceiling
This is only the tip of the iceberg that libertarians want to abolish. Now ask yourself this question: is the U.S. a libertarian society? Whether you support libertarianism or not, ask yourself this objective question.
At the time of this writing, the U.S. national debt stands at $16.3 trillion and the country has a trillion-dollar-plus budget deficit. When libertarians advocate for a substantial cut in federal spending and a smaller role of the federal government in society, would such a debt even exist? Would the U.S. have $121 trillion in unfunded liabilities and expenditures?
The bestselling author of “End the Fed” and “The Revolution: A Manifesto” once said that there would not have been a Vietnam War if the libertarians were in charge. That is quite true because a significant number of libertarians have opposed most wars that the U.S. has gotten itself involved with, such as World War I, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Iraq War, but with the exception of World War II and possibly the war in Afghanistan.
Unfortunately, the U.S. government has read Thomas Mann’s novel “Doctor Faustus” way too many times because it has practiced what many call Faustian Economics. It has sold its soul for the short-term pleasures, while undergoing long-term misery for the rest of its existence.
Libertarians have long railed about the unintended consequences of government’s many domestic and foreign policies. Although there are good intentions of a portion of all the bureaucrats in Washington, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. This is something libertarians understand.
“Nobody spends somebody else's money as carefully as he spends his own. Nobody uses somebody else's resources as carefully as he uses his own. So if you want efficiency and effectiveness, if you want knowledge to be properly utilized, you have to do it through the means of private property,” said Nobeal laureate economist Milton Friedman.