reply to post by Jean Paul Zodeaux
This is more that I wanted to say about the Platform of the Libertarian Party, and that is it seems this parties goal is to replace the U.S.
Constitution with the ideological nonsense of the free market.
If that isn't communism, then what is?
There are so many unrealistic views in this platform, I don't have time to go through all of them, but just a few. I am not going to quote the
entire, only the more glaring problems.
In the statement before they list their principles.
They should be left free by government to deal with one another as free traders; and the resultant economic system, the only one compatible with
the protection of individual rights, is the free market.
Sorry, but this is completely in opposition to the beliefs of the writers of our nations constitution, who believed it was the role of government to
protect the rights of the individual. While the platform states that one individuals rights should not interfere with another, they want to pretend
that the market system will do such a thing, which is a communist theory.
No individual, group, or government may initiate force against any other individual, group, or government.
What about criminals? While I think currently our law enforcement has gone too far, we still need government to establish law against criminals, and
people certainly have the right to act in self defense of themselves, loved ones, and property. The additional points in this 1.X category cover some
areas of crime, to which I mostly agree, but what the contradiction. Violent crime is not addressed, nor the removal of violent criminals from
Free markets and property rights stimulate the technological innovations and behavioral changes required to protect our environment and
Free markets and property rights do nothing to prevent environmental pollution on one private person part to mess with another's property rights.
Most often environmental pollution is not identified until long after the damage is done. Only with a well developed field of law accompanied by
scientific studies that identify the environmental pollutants and the levels that cause harm can we prevent our environment from being poisoned by
numerous toxic wastes.
As far as taxation goes, how about private interests pay taxes in commissary to their use of government. Businesses that operate at a local level
shouldn't have to pay federal taxes, and this would include all people who earn a living by selling their labor or ideas, except indirectly through
the goods and services they purchase that cross state and federal borders. If you do business that crosses state and national borders, then you fall
under federal regulation, and you should pay taxes for the costs incurred by the federal government in regulating these areas of commerce, as per the
U.S. Constitution. The same goes with companies that handle toxic waste, and other national concerns controlled by the federal government.
We seek to divest government of all functions that can be provided by non-governmental organizations or private individuals.
This is a complete contradiction of the U.S. Constitution and the beliefs on which our government was created, and an extremely foolish concept.
Certain natyural resouces should never be controlled by private interests, such as the water supply, ports, lakes, and rivers, the air, frequencies we
use for communications, roads that cross numerous properties, and on and on.
The government has a clear role in protecting individual rights from private interests which create large and powerful corporate entities that are
capable of seriously abusing the rights of individuals and paralyzing local, state, and federal governments to prevent them from prosecuting those
corporations for their crimes.
If anything, we need government to better establish what standards should be met to be qualified to work in certain capacities. With current
technology, there is no reason a person shouldn't be able to take courses over the internet, take the tests, and get qualified to work in a chosen
field without ever having to pay some private institution for ones education.
Forcing individuals to get approved by private organizations not held to a national standard in order to work in a particular field is an extreme way
of denying an individual his rights or life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. An individual should not have to join some fraternity to
participate in the markets.
We support the removal of governmental impediments to free trade.
Once again, this is in complete contradiction to the U.S.Constitution which clearly identifies the role of the U.S. government in conducting treaties
with foreign nations. What needs to change is that these treaties should be negotiated with the best interest of the people of the U.S. in mind, and
not other nations and corporate rights as is currently being done.
The idea that the U.S. government can be replaced by an economic system, especially one that is idealistic to the point of being unrealistic is the
kind of pursuit that communists undertake.