“Set a fire cracker off in your open palm, you get a third degree burn. Close your fist, It’ll do some serious damage. If we can get a nuke deep in one of the asteroid’s fault lines, she’ll split in two, like a diamond”.
This sentence is an extract of a dialogue held in the movie “Armageddon”. There are different versions of the same idea: the Trojan Horse that the Greeks used to enter and destroy Troy (from inside) after 10 years siege (from outside); the moles infiltrated in terrorist groups to fight them (from inside); even Nature uses the same strategy: a virus can not attack you from outside your body, it needs to get inside, and destroy you from there. Unfortunately, some viruses are very good at doing this.
In short: everybody knows that the best strategy to destroy, attack, fight, combat anything is to do it from inside. Everybody… except libertarians. And that´s ironic, cause we, libertarians, tend to think that we are the cleverest human beings on the Earth. Maybe we are not, dudes.
It has been a long time I wanted to write this, and I was postponing it because I did not want to open a stormy discussion with friends. But I can not wait anymore. I don´t want to.
Libertarianism will never reach any, absolutely any of its objectives. Read it: never ever. Thanks to the libertarians, who will never be anything else than just the annoying kid shouting around and kicking in the shin of the big boys. Nothing else.
While libertarians give great speeches on the top of their self-erected tribunes, most of the cases only listened by themselves, taxes will go on rising, debt will go on increasing, and economic liberties will go on dying. While libertarians write books that nobody reads, or that even if people try to do it, they will never be able to understand, people will go on losing their civil rights in Russia, and in the US.
If something is ever reached, like any improvement of the economical situation or of civil liberties, it will not be “thanks” to libertarians, but in spite of them.
Most of the Libertarians don´t vote. They consider that it is legitimating the system they are fighting against. Or that it is a waste of time. That one vote, in the ocean of stupidity that current democracies are, can not change anything. That nothing will be ever reached through politics. That politics stink. That libertarians that involve themselves in politics are not “pure” (Hitler would be proud of this).
Fair enough. Maybe they are right. Maybe writing books or articles that only your Granddad reads is a better way. Maybe giving master lessons that just a few already convinced devotees listen to, will really make the difference. Maybe staring from the top of your podium of self-satisfaction to the people around you, will really help the Government to reduce your taxes. I disagree but I can accept it.
However, what I accept less, or what I do not accept is when libertarians mock or despise other colleagues who work and invest their time and money in trying to reach the same goals (or “any” goal) through politics, basically, to move from the mystic fairy-tale world of philosophy and theory, to the practice, to the pragmatic solutions of real, I repeat, REAL people’s problems and concerns, a place where the left has decades of unfortunate experience and success.
But guys, someone has to go down to the mud to fight with the pigs, if you want to eat ham and sausages. Staying all the day wanking on your couch tweeting and “facebooking” will not bring you the food to the table.
Don’t get me wrong. I support all means of fighting against the State and to promote libertarians ideas. I support the libertarian think-tanks, the libertarian authors and of course the students’ movements. But also the political activism. However Libertarians should understand that the people out there don´t give a shit who Hayek, Rothbard or Mises are, or what they said. They don´t care at all about your last philosophical dissertation about the deepness of the human reason or your three pages posts in Facebook. People has real problems, real needs, and they want them to be solved now, not tomorrow, not waiting until you convince the intellectuals and then the intellectuals have any effect on the politicians. Their taxes increase now. Their business where they deposited all their dreams and money are being suffering now. Their liberties are dying now. Come on, their families and friends are being killed now! All those things are happening through these shitty democracies that we have the honor to enjoy, and through the politicians who were, are and will be in power.
You can go with the eternal 10-years siege of Troy from outside, or try to introduce a Trojan horse inside and to destroy it. It’s your decision.
If everybody that call themselves libertarians were joining this fight, maybe, I repeat, maybe, there would be an opportunity, very small, but it would exist.
However I am not optimistic. It would mean to go with the mass; would not be individualistic enough; would not be pure.
There´s nothing to do. I hope that you don´t complain then.