Posted 5 months ago on Dec. 6, 2012, 4:35 p.m. EST by struggleforfreedom80
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Ron Paul has run on the libertarian ticket, but is now a republican; Gary Johnson has run as a Republican, but ran as a libertarian during the last election; Rand Paul, a big believer in many so-called libertarian values, is a republican and endorsed Mitt Romney half a year ago; Paul Ryan, the vice-presidential candidate for the Republican Party in the last election is also a great admirer of the libertarian ideology and the very similar Randism.
These are some examples which indicate that the line between republican and libertarian ideas and values seems kind of blurry – and to a large extent that’s true.
There are in fact great similarities between republicans and these so-called libertarians. Sure, there are differences when it comes to foreign policy and monetary policy for example, but they agree on a lot of policies as well – many of which are very important. Libertarians and republicans are as we know far to the right on the political spectrum and therefore share many of the same core values.
What the republicans and libertarians agree on – and which are pretty essential when it comes to politics and political philosophy – are things like property rights and what’s sometimes referred to as “economic freedom”: Private ownership of the means of production and individuals being able to invest, buy, or buy into the economic institutions in society. When it comes to these things, the kind of core characteristics of a capitalist/state-capitalist system, they more or less agree. Both these groups strongly advocate a system which is immoral, exploitative and undemocratic. Republicans and libertarians both think it’s ok to have a system in which your influence in society is based to a large extent on your access to recourses and money. They both advocate a society where the economic institutions are run like tyrannies, with the CEOs and the owners at the top, giving orders to the rest of the people involved, and dictating how the institution is being run.
It is these kinds of shared values and ideas which allow people Like Ron Paul, Gary Johnson and others to easily shift their positions from Republican to Libertarian or vice versa.
Both the republicans and the libertarians have the wrong ideas and solutions when it comes to the economy, because they don’t want to do anything about what is the root cause of many of the problems we see in society today, namely the concentration of wealth, recourses and power in the hands of the wealthy and the private owners. These shared policies are in reality a call for the continuation of the corporate dominance we have seen increasingly develop these last decades. A society which has these features is immoral, undemocratic, and unsustainable. That’s intolerable!
What we should do is create a real participatory democracy in which the economic institutions are run, not by wealthy business men, but democratically by the communities and the workforce. What we should strive for is a libertarian socialist society ; a sustainable, solidaric society where people get to participate and have a say in the things they’re a part of and affect them.
Capitalism, whether it’s the state regulated type republicans advocate, or the more or less non-regulated one the libertarians want, is intolerable and must eventually be abolished and replaced by a real participatory democracy in which people control their own lives and communities.