I keep hearing dire, Apocalyptic prophecies about the anarchic, Mad Max society that will come about if libertarians rise to power. The poor will starve in the streets, children will die unloved, rabid dogs will bite people and nobody will even care! Where the hell do people get this stuff?
It comes about equally from the Left and the statist Right. From everyone who buys into the notion that if government doesn’t do absolutely everything, absolutely nothing will get done. The fact that for the vast majority of human history, government didn’t do most of these things – and everybody got along just fine – is entirely forgotten.
If a libertarian becomes Emperor of America, and enacts a full libertarian agenda all at once, then we would be in trouble, because society has become so corrupted, so degraded and infantilized, that we probably wouldn’t be able to deal with it. We have, indeed, come to depend on government to do everything for us but wipe our butts. And in order for a nation with limited government and a reliance on personal responsibility to survive, people must be willing to do for themselves all that they were, for most of history, able to do much better than government ever could.
But a libertarian agenda could never be enacted all at once. Most libertarians know this, and I wish we did a better job of assuring people of it. We will not simply flip a switch or wave a wand and make everything we want to happen take place all at once. Samantha will not merely wiggle her nose and cast a spell. A truly libertarian agenda can only be enacted gradually, over time – unfortunately, probably only over a long period of time. People who oppose it will have to fight it and gradually lose ground, and of course they’ll need to get used to it.
So just relax, all you nervous nellies. We who believe in the libertarian way obviously have great confidence that our way is the best way. And we’re willing to bet the farm that someday you’ll come to realize it, too.