L. Neil Smith’s THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE — The Radical’s Obligation



By L. Neil Smith 

I had a “discussion” earlier this week, online, with an individual attempting to excuse the many and grievous shortcomings of Libertarian Party Presidential candidates over the years. I had remarked that it was a damned shame that the LP has always been unable — or unwilling — to nominate a candidate who is actually a libertarian.

It was this fellow’s view — the “Mrs.Grundy” hypothesis — that traditional libertarian positions on issues (i.e., the plain, unvarnished truth about who we are and what we believe) are too frightening for  folks in general, and have to be watered down and nearly compromised away before they can be accepted by the great, unwashed voting and taxpaying masses.  ]This is why a pack of morons felt it necessary to rape the national LP platform, and why I stepped in with my policy book, _Down With Power_.We can’t get any votes, they whimper,  if we scare voters away. And of course the whole object of having a political party in the first place is to win elections and put our own people in command — and our own hogs at the public trough.

Actually, the Libertarian Party was founded by individualists — I was there; I personally knew most of them and counted them among my friends — whose objective, simply,  was to advance the cause of liberty. This did not necessarily involve getting anybody elected; it simply required vigorous and truthful campaigns that would put constant pressure on the other parties and map a way out of the morass of over-government.

Exactly how do you conduct campaigns like that? Given a small competitor to the Republicans and Democrats like the LP, the only possible answer is _contrast_ — clear product differentiation — and a higher energy level than the elephants and donkeys usually display.  Go after the government’s worst abuses.

For example, there is one and only one completely libertarian answer to the healthcare debate that is about to flare up again. It says here that the Republicans plan to take three years getting rid of Obamacare, and after all their flapping and squawking, they want to retain some of its provisions. My way would take three minutes and get rid of the entire mess we’re saddled with: act as if a Constitutional amendment had been passed. mandating complete separation of medicine and state. Yes, repeal Obamacare (a repealed law of any kind is always good news) but stop there. Do not try to replace it with some other clutter.

Let the free market come up with whatever solutions are required. If you don’t believe it can and will, why are you calling yourself a libertarian? This is a position it hasn’t occurred to anybody else to take, one that is uniquely libertarian.

In the light of the astonishingly vast climate hoax, it might be advisable to separate government and _science_, as well.

Next, if Trump keeps his promises — universal, reciprocal, concealed weapons carry, for instance — it would appear that libertarians have lost the Second Amendment  issues they have counted on to move voters in its direction. But it doesn’t have to be that way. A new issue must take its place, one the every other party is too unimaginative or cowardly to take: serial numbers on guns are necessary to the manufacturing process. But at the end of that process, they must be totally and permanently removed. A serial number gives the government a permanent handle on your personal gun, infringing your individual and Constitutional right to own and carry weapons. Only a slave who loves and cherishes his chains would oppose this measure.

Finally (for now), the LP must take the position that all taxes must be utterly abolished. Remember, taxation is theft, the taking, against your will, of what you’ve worked so hard to earn.. Taxation is slavery — how long must you labor, every year. to pay what the government demands? And taxation is the fuel of war.  It is not the LP’s obligation to try to figure out what the government would do without tax funds. It is its job to free America from its chains. Try to imagine your life without taxes. If you have trouble, find and read my speech “I Dreamed I Was A Libertarian In My Maidenform Bra”. (a version of which you’ll find here: http://www.lneilsmith.org/utopian.html)

The world will never look the same to you again.


L. Neil Smith

Celebrated and award-winning author of over 30 books and countless shorter pieces, L. Neil Smith is available, at professional rates, to write articles and speeches for you or your organization, providing that our principles are compatible. Contact him at [email protected].


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William "Bill" Hicks

IF, and only IF, the democrats are as smart as they have been in the past, will also realize they need to be more inclusive and not just cater to fringe groups to be electable.

Maybe I should have said this. So far, the democrat politicians have been their own worse enemy to the benefit of the republicans.

William "Bill" Hicks

You beat me to it! I was of the opinion, also, that this doesn’t just apply to the libertarian party. Us, who are republicans, had to create The Tea Party to bring the republican party back to central right; or maybe a bit more right than center.

Citizen Reporter

So, not much different than the Republicrats? I agree on your rationale for having third parties, even if they can’t win elections. The reason they do poorly in the general elections is that people believe they can’t win, so they vote strategically among perceived probable alternatives, such as Clinton vs. Trump.