Further to my yesterday’s stuff, I wondered in the night what sort of people would vote for a “Libertarian Party” if there was one.
The wholesale wrecking of United Kingdom political tradition and arrangements, by this “New” “Labour” series of adminisrations, in what I can only suppose to be an act of calculated revenge on the English People for daring to teach Mankind how to live well and in peace, has both fuelled almost universal cynicism about politics (a bad thing) and has left very large numbers of voters disenfranchised. These are broadly conservative; that is to say they have English attitudes to issues, morality and epistemology (even if most of them don’t know what the word means) unlike the present Political Class which has spent the past 10 years forcing its own arrangements into place.
I am eternally unconvinced about the majority of “socialists” who “become” Libertarians. Sorry, but my own experience of many leads me to believe that the “conversion” involves the dumping of much Marxist baggage, but many rotting residues remain in the dark corners of the Soul. Chronic green-ness – in that a belief that “society” or the “State” stil has some role to play in resource use and allocation, is often difficult if not impossible to eradicate, for example.
So it’s probable that a Libertarian franchise owuld have to come from the present disenfranchised voters. I have a few thoughts about what a party’s policy position ought to be, mainly on the defence and foreign affairs front os far, and will put them up here shortly. but I invite comments from readers about this and other areas.