Unlike members of other parties, Libertarians will admit to not knowing the best way to run B.C.’s education system, B.C.’s health care system, our transportation system, and all of the other systems and programs that the planners in other parties promise to deliver to you. Rather we want to create an environment in which individuals are free to experiment, trade, and learn from each other so that better ideas can win out over less good ideas. The environment we want is one that replaces top-down government-knows-best monopoly schemes with voluntary alternatives in which willing customers direct resources to the services they most want.
The citizens of B.C. are not cogs in a machine. We all have different dreams and preferences, and we each bring different talents to the table. To get the most out of each other, we don’t want to restrain or punish each others’ choices, earning power, or abilities. Rather, we wish to encourage each to seek that path which you think is best so long as you do not interfere with other people’s lives or property.
Imagine a children’s party where instead of each child being given his or her own cup of punch, each child is given a straw to a common bowl. Instead of each child pacing themselves according to their own tastes and preference, the common bowl causes the children to suck themselves silly as each learns that being slow on the straw leaves you with less punch with more of the goodies going to others.
Our current system of government finance can turn otherwise self-respecting citizens into similar slurp-racing gluttons. If you don’t get your face into the government trough, more of your tax dollars will just go to someone else’s health care, road, school, pension, or salary. Those with a belief in self-responsibility will get trampled by those who are less forbearing.
Libertarians do not want to participate in this war of all-against-all. We don’t want to argue with others about how best to spend each other’s earnings. Rather, we want to give each of us the responsibility of discovering and rewarding those institutions which each of us thinks best delivers, voluntarily, the services we seek. We want doctors and teachers to spend their time looking for better ways of serving us, their paying clients, rather than satisfying the edicts of some far removed bureaucrat.
Libertarians also want to relax many laws which restrict personal life choices. Too often caring individuals jump too quickly into passing laws to punish other people’s choices. Harvard professor Robert Nozick argued for leaving people alone with the freedom to engage in any and all capitalist acts with other consenting adults.
In this coming election, voting Libertarian signifies that you don’t want to run or interfere in other people’s lives. Similarly, you don’t want other people to run or interfere in your life either.