A libertarian, telling us that we are too idealistic?
Yes I am. Government power repeatedly fails to bring us this progressive utopia and always tends to become horribly corrupt and grant favors more to the wealthy and powerful and less to the poor and middle classes. Yet we are told that if we could only get the right regulations or the right people in power, we will have a responsive and effective government that can solve all these problems in society.
As a libertarian I ask you to look at human history and the abuses perpetrated by governments against individuals. In the 20th century alone, governments killed more than 200 million of their own people. This is not counting wars this is referring to genocide. The documents we have about the futility of political action to solve problems makes an overwhelming case the power corrupts and governments tend to exploit and loot rather than work on the behalf of their own citizens.
I am saying we should give up on political action at a national level to solve problems. We should use political action only to reduce the power of the Federal Government. As for solving our mutual problems, rather than looking to the government or politicians we should look to ourselves and our communities. We need many autonomous sovereign states and communities competing against one another. Decentralized political power and a free people will lead to greater prosperity. We should focus on improving our lives and helping one another rather than wasting our time with national elections and the constant fighting that politics tends to bring out in people.
The nature of man and his selfishness and corruptibility is something that some Progressives admit to. But unbelievably many see this as a reason that man should not be free but ruled over by a powerful state. Yet, libertarians understand the fallability of man and thus the need to keep any one person or group of people from power over others and a monopoly on the use of force. Sure, many people will behave badly in a free market, but whatever harm they might cause will be highly contained and isolated as opposed to the harm committed by central governments or national banks whereby their greed and corruption can destroy the global economy.
If you think about this from a philosophic standpoint, I think you would see that voluntarism and decentralized power structures is the only way to reduce the harm that greed and man's worst attributes can cause.
In fact that is a primary reason for a Republic and limited government as opposed to a democracy. From the principle of Natural Rights, comes the idea of liberty being a "divine" right or inherent in our humanity so as to not be corrupted by man. The Constitution and Bill of Rights were formed to keep man in check,
That is why Thomas Jefferson said this: “ In questions of power, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”