Unfortunately the libertarian party grew too influential, and the billionaires got involved. Now they try to make the party what they want it to
The fact of the matter is, economically, we must take responsibility for where our money goes.
I haven't shopped at Wal-Mart in over a decade. I don't buy products made outside of Western countries. Yeah occasionally we all have to buy certain
things from slave countries, but that is only because our leaders have sold out our industries and brainwashed people into buying whatever's cheapest
at their convenience, without thinking about it. Which is what shuttered our manufacturing. It wasn't that Western workers were too expensive, too
entitled, blah blah blah. It's that the owners moved to cheaper pastures and encouraged their customers to buy away anyway. We stopped supporting
our local industry, the owners stopped supporting our local industry, no surprise now, it's gone.
You pay extra so the money goes to a local business, which in turn helps pay local employees, who pay local taxes for local amenities, and in turn
insert the money back into the local economy with their own purchases. As it is now, we are just throwing our money out of the country with every
purchase we make. Our purchases largely support other economies, while the business collects a small profit margin and our government collects a
pittance in sales' tax. That purchase helps reinforce the legitimacy of slavery around the world and reduce the local economy. It's gotta stop.
We have to, as consumers, in this modern age, eschew slave-made goods, not because we can find a better deal elsewhere, but because it makes the
statement that we'd rather have pricier goods and a lower quality of life than have it on the backs of global slavery. At least I hope most
libertarians would feel that way.
If there were a free market, it would be up to you to support companies that support their communities, and by extension allow the slave masters and
thieves to go broke, regardless of their uncannily cheap products. Some products people don't even want any longer, there is practically zero
industry for them, so the government heavily subsidizes them, and vast amounts of products no one wants are flooded into the market at
bargain-basement prices, and so in turn they are purchased, only because the illusion is maintained that they're cheaper not because anybody really
wanted them in the first place. Free market ideology aims to stop this practice of government-industry collusion.
I'm not sure I prescribe to the libertarian economic theory necessarily, but I do know that if people rewarded businesses for doing things other than
making the most money on the cheapest product, businesses would become what we reward. If that's a high-paying, friendly work experience with good
benefits, who cares if our businesses were competitive internationally with the slave traders? The people in those countries are slaves! As long as
we support our local businesses they don't need international competitiveness. The global economy is moot when it comes to our individual
communities. Globalism doesn't strengthen local communities, it only generates great personal wealth.
What we have now is a service economy that attempts to create just enough money that we can afford the slave merchandise. Our infrastructure crumbles
and our balance sheets are red because all of our money is sent out of country; instead of investing in ourselves, we invest in
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