I'm an advocate for the a third or fourth party having power in the US. We swing right, we swing left and we are moving away from having balance. I perceive this being the case since about 94, but that's when I was turning 20 and my political radar was heating up. So admittedly, this could have been going on longer.
I have been taking a look at Libertarianism. I voted for Bob Barr in the last presidential election. Being from Washington State, voting for Obama was a waste because our Electoral Votes were a forgone conclusion months prior to the election. After the last couple of years of looking, I'm feeling like I'm seeing through the thin fabric that is holding the Libertarian position together.
A Libertarian FB friend puts up this article
.(tl/dr) that goes on to describe how capitalism developed everything that we love and only capitalism can do that. I hack it apart noting the article says that capitalism created the middle class, but disparages unions. It's a historically dishonest position. It's not incorrect, it's an outright lie. Henry Ford used to force his employees to live in dry cities and take his anti-Semitic magazine. The weekend and 8 hour work days were brought to you by Marxism in the form of the modern union. Capitalism had nothing to do with that. Worker Safety,came from government.
I get back a reply that no, capitalism will breed all of these things if left alone. I ask for one single example of capitalism leading to environmental responsibility. Crickets.... Next guy describes the difference between corporatism and capitalism (nice deflection of reality by the way). Again, I ask for an example. Crickets...
I'm running towards the conclusion that Libertarianism is nothing but arguments from a utopia that doesn't, hasn't, and never will exist. It hasn't ever been created because it's the selling of ideas and not a workable plan. Capitalism without socialism in the form of a government Attorney General standing watch will lead to one kid having the ball and bullying the rest. History shows us that as well.
Can anyone talk me out of holding the position that Libertarianism is anything but preaching utopian ideals with no substance behind it?