• The Sober Political Reality for Libertarians

    The Sober Political Reality for Libertarians

    04/19/2016Jeff Deist

    Ed: The following is an excerpt from a talk given by Mises Institute president Jeff Deist at the 2016 Texas Libertarian Party convention. This portion of the talk deals with the political reality faced by libertarians and the Libertarian Party. The full talk can be viewed here.

    So what do I mean by better understanding and accepting reality? What I mean is this: libertarians should understand the numbers, and tailor goals and expectations accordingly. First, recognize that America is no longer a country of natural or reflexive libertarians which it once was—to put it mildly.

    Sometimes we forget that the 20th century was the progressive century, because progressivism has become part of the landscape. Central banking, adventurous foreign policy, income taxes, Social Security, Medicare, welfare programs, housing programs, food stamps—all of these would have sounded outrageous to most Americans at the turn of the 20th century. By the turn of the 21st century, all of these progressive programs were entrenched. They are merely the baseline for the next program. Both major parties are thoroughly and irretrievably progressive.

    The entrenched mindset, the default position in American politics today is for government to “do something.”
    This is the activist view of the state—held by both Democrats and Republicans—that no area of human activity is not the state’s business.


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    1. LibertyEagle's Avatar
      LibertyEagle -
      Ed: The following is an excerpt from a talk given by Mises Institute president Jeff Deist
      Note: The views expressed on Mises.org are not necessarily those of the Mises Institute.
      I thought Lew was president of the Mises Institute and mises.org was their website. ??
    1. angelatc's Avatar
      angelatc -
      Quote Originally Posted by LibertyEagle View Post
      I thought Lew was president of the Mises Institute and mises.org was their website. ??
      Rockwell is Chairman, Deist is President.
    1. Cleaner44's Avatar
      Cleaner44 -
      Quote Originally Posted by LibertyEagle View Post
      I thought Lew was president of the Mises Institute and mises.org was their website. ??
      Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr.
      Founder and CEO

      Jeff Deist


      The views expressed by an individual are not necessarily those of the entire organisation.
    1. TheUglyTruth's Avatar
      TheUglyTruth -
      Quote Originally Posted by angelatc View Post
      Rockwell is Chairman, Deist is President.
      Damn, I was hoping they'd gotten rid of the bearded buffoon.
    1. Libertas Aut Mortis's Avatar
      Libertas Aut Mortis -
      I like Lew...most of the time.

      I'm not a fan of his Trump fan-girling, but he's better than anybody Cato is putting out.
    1. Ronin Truth's Avatar
      Ronin Truth -
      Quote Originally Posted by Libertas Aut Mortis View Post
      I like Lew...most of the time.

      I'm not a fan of his Trump fan-girling, but he's better than anybody Cato is putting out.
      Ron likes Lew. I like Lew. End of story.
    1. younglibertarian's Avatar
      younglibertarian -
      The writer makes some solid points. The libertarian movement is basically underground at the moment, especially after Paul lost in 2012. I honestly think at this point there is little hope for this country at the moment. The best we can do is to spread information and hope that after the collapse there are enough people informed to create a new, free society.

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