Friday, November 21, 2008

Illya Somin On the Libertarian Party

Libertarians often emphasize that failed enterprises should be liquidated rather than kept going on artificial life support. That enables their resources to be reinvested in other, more successful firms. The point is well taken, and it applies to the Libertarian Party itself. For 35 years, the Party has consumed valuable resources, both financial and human. The money spent on the LP and the time donated by its committed activists could do a lot more to promote libertarianism if used in other ways.”

It’s true – libertarians have had a lot of successes over the years, almost none of which have been the product of the Libertarian Party.

Indeed, one wonders how the “libertarians for Obama” crowd feels now that the administration is filling up with old Clinton hands, promoting drug warriors, and looking to not make many immediate changes in defense or national security policy.

Indeed, as Glenn Reynolds notes, the military-industrial complex isn’t the major threat to liberty and libertarianism today; it’s the rise of the permanent nanny state.

Consequently, if the libertarians want to get on track to have input into politics on a practical level, they probably need to do two things: a) continue the educational and legal activism to point out the consequences of continued government encroachment on economic liberty, and b) start running candidates under the major party banners for local and mid range offices to start to influence regional and state political direction.