Are Libertarians Too Idealistic?

Are libertarians too idealistic?


Somebody made a comment on Facebook the other day which, because that’s what people do, and said how Libertarians are Utopian and childlike in how they think their society will be some sort of perfect heaven brought into the world. I didn’t agree with that. I actually don’t think he understands Libertarians at all. So I thought I would write a post to help.

Libertarians (and I know, I can’t speak for all of us, but I think I speak for at least some of us) don’t believe in Utopia, really. Most of us are actually a very skeptical bunch. That’s why we don’t like all these ideas that sound OK but usually aren’t what they seem: Minimum wage, universal healthcare, etc. So why would we be so dubious of utopia in one direction but so eager for it in another? I really don’t think that makes a lot of sense. But maybe Libertarians don’t make a lot of sense.

The truth is most Libertarians accept that a completely free society would come with a lot of compromises. And we are simply willing to make those trade-offs. It isn’t that we think if markets were free and if people were free we wouldn’t have any problems. I’m sure we’d have a lot of problems. So long as we are alive, we are going to have problems. Not getting pizza delivered on time, is a problem. The market hasn’t solved that, at least not for everyone, anyway. (But could you imagine if the government tried to do it?) We just think the moral imperative of having our freedom is worth those problems and also, yes, we tend to believe a society founded on liberty will be of greater utility as well. But not Utopia.

So thank you person for your comment about Libertarianism but you are wrong.

– Pat

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