Originally posted by Jamuhn
I'd very much be interested to hear some input from other parties. I know how the Libertarians feel. Maybe even people in my own group have some
ideas, maybe I'm forgetting something important.
I'd be happy to give my personal opinion, but I cannot speak for every member of the Democratic Party. Many Leftist Democrats would agree with me on
this, though, as would many Greens.
I look at the Libertarian viewpoint as similar to the Communist one. Not that I'm comparing Libertarianism with Communist oppression, but both
Libertarianism and Communism have been experimented with, and neither of them work.
The US was a Libertarian society for a long time, which worked decently during our agricultural period. But following the Industrial Revolution, there
was need for change. Workers needed protection; child labor laws, unemployment benefits, minimum wage, the 40 hour work week with overtime provisions,
etc., were introduced. The former classical liberals (the original "libertarians") became New Deal Liberals, recognizing the need of government
regulation to some extent in the new industrial economy.
There were many historical reasons for this; one important reason was the so-called "Red Scare". American workers in a Libertarian America had no
protection or financial security. They worked long hours, and their wages were hardly enough to feed their families. The work force was ripe to be
indoctrinated by Communist propaganda.
With the New Deal, the Marxists could no longer accuse American capitalism of turning a deaf ear to the misery of the working class. The Democratic
Party still championed the free market, but also provided a safety net for those in need. We also established free public education, Social Security,
and federal medical bnefits for the elderly and underprivileged, producing a "mixed economy", which combines the best of both capitalism and
socialism, while limiting their negative effects.
Even though our system is not perfect, our mixed economy is perhaps the most efficient in the world. It has produced unprecedented wealth, while
ensuring that the less fortunate are not forgotten. It gives everyone a chance to succeed if they apply themselves, and offers assistance to them in
Therefore, in light of the question on monopolies, I personally believe that it should be examined on a case-by-case basis. For example,
federally-funded education is a monopoly, but does not exist for the purpose of profit. If profiteering were introduced, our children would become
customers instead of students, and equal opportunity would diminish.
[edit on 10-8-2004 by Masonic Light]