Conclusion: the Libertarian Appeal: Part TwoPosted: September 18, 2008 | |
The Libertarian appeal is that it is based on fairy stories. It is a direct appeal to the propaganda we were exposed to as children. We were raised on stories about the American Revolution and the brave heroes that established American freedoms. Libertarians deliberately confuse human freedom with corporate freedom. They exist to prevent laws that will sacrifice corporate profits in favor of human rights. Eliminating clean air laws is good for the corporations, but most of the kids in Richmond, California suffer from asthma due to air pollution from the oil refineries. Are these kids free? Eliminating school taxes may increase corporate profits, but it raises a generation who never heard of the Holocaust. Is ignorance freedom? Outsourcing may increase corporate dividends, but it leaves the black market as the sole means of survival for many poor people. Are these people free?
Libertarians exist as a fifth column in American society. Fascist movements can come out of the left as easily as out of the right. Mussolini’s Corporationism was a left wing movement back in the day, while Hitler’s Nazis were a right wing movement away from socialism. Libertarians have spread across the political spectrum, and act as a divisive force in American politics. Libertarians on both sides of the spectrum constantly confuse individual liberty with corporate rights. Laws that limit corporate crime do not threaten your freedom. Yet Libertarians will tell you that they do. Laws that watch online transactions only prevent corporations from laundering dirty money. Yet Libertarians would have those laws appealed so that corporations can steal more easily.
Libertarians constantly identify with the employers rather than with the employees. They resist unions, work place safety regulations, and the minimum wage with the same fervor as a Christianoid keeping Harry Potter out of the school library. Libertarians jump up and down and hold their breaths over laws that limit hate speech, but they resist any attempt to make Fox News and CNN accountable for their lies. Back in the 1920s, William Randolph Hearst instituted a huge lie campaign to outlaw hemp. Thanks to deregulation as advocated by the Libertarians, corporations can once again lie and get away with it.
Another part of the Libertarian appeal is that they promise to bring us back to a simpler time. Karl Hess painted a picture of a simpler America that never existed. It was an America that never needed foreign trade. It was a magical land where there were no class distinctions because the Free Market treated everybody the same. According to Hess, all America needed to do was get rid of those pesky federal regulations, and the economy would take care of itself. The Blue Meanies would run away and all would be right in Pepperland.
Welcome to reality. Some of you may be reading this from a library, because you can no longer afford an Internet connection. More of you may be reading this in the library because you no longer have a home in which to install an Internet connection. Some of you may be waiting for the foreclosure notice to come in the mail or the sheriff to come to the door. You have watched your retirement accounts disappear and waved goodbye to your jobs as they flew away to the mysterious east. We can all thank the Free Market and Federal deregulation for the loss of our homes and our jobs.
Stop and think. Banks from Socialist Europe are coming in to save our economy. The Euro is now holding up the dollar. Europe enforces its anti-monopoly laws and has stricter financial regulations than the United States. Libertarians claim that such regulations should have restrained trade and choked the European economy. Europe has strong unions. Libertarians claim that unions choke commerce through red tape and inefficiency. Europe has national health. Libertarians claim that should have killed investment through over-taxation. Yet Europe bailed us out to the tune of half a trillion dollars. Banks in Socialist Europe had the capital to save us from our free market economy.
Libertarian philosophy brought us into this mess. We have ignored our own best interests and listened to free market fairy tales. We have gained nothing but pain from deregulating the economy. We have gained nothing from the lowering corporate taxes. We have been so hoodwinked into thinking that deregulation is our friend, that we have been cheering on the corporations as they ripped us off. It is time to ignore Libertarian madness. If we don’t wise up, our children and grandchildren are going to face the exact same disasters we are facing today. What’s worse is that these are the same disasters our grandparents faced in 1929. How many times are we going to fall for the same lies before we wake up?