Wednesday, February 11, 2009

What is the role of the libertarian politician ?
Currently, in our rabidly bi-partisan country, his role is primarily to squawk in election cycles and take advantage of the publicity a race gets to spread the word of the libertarian philosophy of small government, the responsibility of the private sector, civil & property rights and such. If a libertarian were to actually get elected to some office, he would have his hands full trying to eliminate laws, regulations, taxes & stuff.
However, in the event that a majority of libertarians were elected and a utopian libertarian government was achieved, what would the politician do besides sit around and sharpen pencils (that he brought from home) ?
As most of the regulations and programs our Republican and Democrat friends have given us over the years have had some sort of reason behind them, it would make sense that these needs still exist.
The governing libertarian should look at who, in the community, be it state or municipal, has needs and who has the product or service to meet those needs and bring them together to see if something can be done. This really isn't so different from what politicians do today, they just write it into law, create new government enforcement agencies and threaten disagreeing parties with a forfeiture of money, property and freedom. My libertarian politician is more of a matchmaker.
This practice would also make a better message to campaign on as people dependent on current regulations and programs hear talk of cutting the regulations and programs react in fear of being left out in the cold. Additionally it would be a good change from the negative squawker image the libertarian currently has.

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