Why there will never be a Libertarian government, ever


David Davis

Good analysis on The Volokh Conspiracy here.

Dr Sean Gabb’s phrase “The Enemy Class” says it all too.

But there is always another strategy. Libertarians, heavily disguised as pork-barrel-opening, largesse-distributing statists, could stage an election-led dawn raid on the legislature. Having got elected, hopefully looking vaguely like compassionate conservatives who “love the NHS”  – but specifically after some particularly spectacular failure and cock-up by the ordinary stalinists of the day, such as affects us now – they could strip off their statists’ clothes revealing the lithe muscular form and leotarded bewinged saviour….

….SUPER-MARKET…. !!!

Immediately, they could get to work sacking most departments of State (and Councils people’s Soviets), malleting the hard disks, shredding and burning the records, and turning the bemused “staff” onto the street. Within about two days the country could resemble a somewhat chaotic Hong Kong, only without any bureaucrats at all.

But I don’t think David Cameron has any such plans – do you? Ah well, never mind, it’s fun to dream.

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11 responses to “Why there will never be a Libertarian government, ever

  1. Any attempt at such a coup would fail; the Enemy would invoke a constitutional crisis, the people would support them, and the parliament would be dissolved and new elections held. The bureaucracy, quangocracy and police would simply refuse to obey government orders. Government can only rule with consent. Even Ceaucescu eventually learned that.

    We’re going to have to find a way to win the argument. That probably involves a lot more canny PR than anybody’s doing at the moment. We just have a terrible image problem.

    Honestly, if I’d read the average libertarian blog in my younger days, I’d have dismissed it as evil right wing conservative nonsense and never taken it seriously. We will only make progress when we find a message that will attract young naive simplistic idealists who are prepared to march in the streets to make the world A Better Place. No amount of wordy debate between middle aged men about the minutiae of fractional reserve banking, however worthy and correct, is going to get us that, and neither is the Daily Mailesque ranting that we’re all so good at.

    The people we need to attract are those with apparently the least to gain from libertarianism. We need to concentrate on showing them why they do have something to gain from liberty. Sean Gabb’s comment on this blog that what libertarianism offers the Tesco checkout girl is the chance to not have to work for Tesco is, in my view, a good conceptual place to start.

  2. Typical bad PR: Dan Hannan, an engaging speaker with his political heart in the right place, gets asked who his political heroes are and he comes out with “Enoch Powell”, a man remembered entirely in the popular culture as an evil old racist. Those of us with more political knowledge know that Hannan was admiring Powell’s classical liberalism, but that just doesn’t play to the masses who are looking through a post-marxist filter. It’s an open goal to the Enemy.

    Classic facepalm moment, that.

  3. Ian is absolutely right, and said it better than I could myself. But how do we reomove the post-Marxist filters: or is all indeed lost for ever, and the temporary burgeoning of classical liberalism in the last couple of humdred years just a last flash in the pan, doomed to be lost?

    Will Earthlings be actually doomed to be exterminated somewhere in space and time in the future, as just another fascist-imperialist-collectivist-expansionist race of evil borg-like thargs?

    Or will we get off this planet as liberals, somehow, and liberate loads and loads of wretched oppressed tharg-thralls elsewhere?

    Personally I doubt it. The Universe is probably politically-neutral, and will simply just make sure everything is trashed, before The End.

  4. We’ll have to get the Army onside then.

    There might just still be time. The Services are staffed, both at Officer and squaddie level, for a few years more, by people who are not viscerally-connected to ZanuLieBorg and the BBC. These would not fire upon their own people, even now – even if directed by Lord Rumba of Rio.

    The Enemy Class, even if it started a “Purge of the Armed Forces” today, could not accomplish this in under five or seven years, even if it started shooting “unfit officers” like Stalin. There’s only about five chaps left anyway and they are needed to keep up a paper front in Afghanistan.

    We still have a little time.

  5. Interesting point about “The People”.

    Would the people suppport the Enemy Class in actuality? Would they care either way?

    If we’ve destroyed all the records and closed the Departments, is there then a finctioning Enemy Class?

    This invokes all sorts of stuff about “taking over the radio station”. If we did that and just played endless episodes of “Big Brother” and David Beckham’s wedding, and “Blind Date” and some pop singers, could not we divert “The People’s” attention while we systematically erased the cyberpresence of any Enemy Class and its departments?

    It would be interesting to see how many members of the Enemy Class turned to mugging, burglary and robbery straight away: I guess it would be several thousand, but where do you thin the Army would stand?

  6. As soon as The People found they had more money because fewer types of taxation was being actively collected, then we might be onto a winner.

    Some taxes would have still sadly to be collected, for things such as Defence would assume higher priority.

    We would rapidly be faced with regimes, such as Libya, the EU, Russia, and some others such as North Korea and Cuba, who would see our break with the consensus about Statist oppression as a major breach of faith between gangsters, and who would try to mobilise forces against us directly. Thank God for the English Channel.

  7. We would be a “Rogue State”!

    Gosh.

  8. Is it only me that has a very definite awareness that collectivist control was rolled back in the late 70s? It nearly took over and then, woosh, it fled. Discredited. Socialism/communism/collectivism actually became unfashionable for a period of 30 years. Free markets were and that other stuff was obviously duddy dum dums.
    But now the tables have been very neatly reversed in the last few years and free market is freedom is care and concern and big daddy is .
    How have the free people squandered such an advantage? And been so competently conned into incompetence?

  9. Sorry. DonÞtÞÞkÞnow what happened there. Text got havocked. Repeat:

    Is it only me that has a very definite awareness that collectivist control was rolled back in the late 70s? It nearly took over and then, woosh, it fled. Discredited. Socialism/communism/collectivism actually became unfashionable for a period of 30 years. Free markets were IN and that other stuff was obviously duddy dum dums.
    But now the tables have been very neatly reversed in the last few years and free market is OUT and freedom is OUT. Care and concern and big daddy is .
    How have the free people squandered such an advantage? And been so competently conned into incompetence?

  10. Is it only me that has a very definite awareness that collectivist control was rolled back in the late 70s? It nearly took over and then, woosh, it fled. Discredited. Socialism/communism/collectivism actually became unfashionable for a period of 30 years. Free markets were IN and that other stuff was obviously duddy dum dums.

    I don’t think so. All we got rid of was nationalisation and exchange controls. Socialism never stopped being fashionable with the opinion forming elite. We got freer markets, but Ben Elton ruled the airwaves, and it was the latter that mattered in the end.

  11. I remember an article, by someone-or-other, in the early 90s, about the time the Soviet Empire was pretending to fall. Its thesis ran something along the lines of _”why will they never apologise?”_ – it was referring of course to the leftist Nazi collectivists, “ex”-communists, Fabians etc.

    They just went to ground for a while, knowing that we and ours would simply breathe a sigh of relief and go back to bed.

    We have never been properly “serious” about our ideological enemies. Now, it may be too late to climb back up.