Thursday, July 10, 2003

Here Comes the Neighborhood
For those of you who don't know, Libertarians are by and large Republicans that aren't hypocrites. The principles of Republicanism are generally rooted in the belief that less government is best government, but one can often find Republicans making exceptions to this ethos in statement and practice. Libertarians, on the other hand, universally apply the idea of smallest possible government across the broad spectrum of issues. Consider this grab bag of issues that Libertarians favor: unlimited access to abortion, unregulated gun ownership, legalization of euthanasia and mercy killing, elimination of the Internal Revenue Service, legalization of illegal drugs, elimination of trade tariffs, elimination of adult oriented business zoning prohibitions, reduction/elimination of restrictive regulations on private enterprise, et. al. As you can see, this cursory list of stances reflects an embrace of some positions championed by the Left and some positions championed by the Right. Indeed, since the underlying philosophy of Libertarianism is Less Government is Best Government, then it makes sense why the Libertarians believe in minimizing government intrusion in most acts of life.

However, as a national party the Libertarians have hovered around 5% (usually less) voting acceptance in recent elections. Considering how entrenched the Democrat and Republican parties are in local and national politics, the Libertarians have been trying to come up with a strategy on how to increase their visibility, membership, and success as a national political party. A new element perhaps of this strategy may be to convince a healthy number of actively voting registered Libertarians to move into a state with a generally low population (one that also exhibits sympathies towards an agenda of limited government) and try to tip the voting scales in favor of Libertarian candidates and positions - with the aim perhaps of establishing a beachhead within the nation for Libertarian values to gain majority control of government.

Indeed, the Free State Project highlights this particular agenda and also reveals that our beloved Granite State appears to be in the crosshairs of Libertarians for takeover. So don't be surprised if in the future you hear more people around you - at the grocery store, the gas station or at restaurants talk about their guns, their drugs, the grandmother they wish to "put to sleep", or how smart homeschooling will make their children. It may just be that these people are the footsoldiers of a Libertarian invasion.


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