I feel that libertarians provide a very interesting alternative to mainstream American politics, and one that’s existed for quite some time. It seems that in many ways, though, the policies they advocate are unrealistic or are reliant on slightly problematic views of human nature. When you’re talking about liberty and freedom as the ultimate political value in an abstract way, relying on man-in-nature philosophies, all is well and good, but things get hairy when you attempt to apply these philosophies to a country of millions that rely on others for all sorts of things.
When it comes down to it, there are just some things that should not be operated as for-profit businesses. Public education for example, is currently not about making the government money. We’ve seen so many times when profit becomes the ultimate goal, everything else suffers. I think of the American food industry. Instead of healthy food being the goal, it became making as much money as possible. So we end up with foods that are extremely cheap to produce but are essentially killing us.
I’m certainly intrigued by libertarian ideas, but I see so many major shortcomings. In such a complex global community, you can’t just bury your head in the sand. No man’s an island, so to speak. I’d love to hear from any libertarians out there regarding the issues of capitalism as an inequality-producing force.