As Radical Libertarians: are we serious or are we just playing around? We want the masses of the earth to come to realize the superior value of the libertarian political philosophy or don’t we?
For liberty to triumph in the United States (and eventually throughout the world) libertarianism must become a mainstream movement, converting if not a majority, at least a large, critical minority of Americans. (Murray N. Rothbard)
Many radical libertarians eschew politics and believe that politics compromises their philosophical purity. I have been told by many that education alone will eventually bring a majority of people to the philosophy of liberty. To that I say “no way under the sun”. I see no other strategy for the achievement of liberty than by political action. But “political action” does not necessarily mean go vote in the next rigged election!
A philosophical conversion of each man and woman to libertarianism is simply not going to happen by simple evangelizing alone. To think we might convert the masses without political action ignores the problem of power. We know that millions of people have a vested interest in the current system of Statism and are not likely to give it up. They are the enemy of course. Education in liberty is vital, and Ron Paul did a hero’s job advancing the education of millions of people, but it is not enough. Action must also be taken to roll back our enemy the State.
Politics is about making alliances, building coalitions, and marketing your message in a way that the masses can understand, digest, and embrace. If your purpose, intentionally or unintentionally, is to repulse or reject the masses, then there is no purpose to being in politics. If you’re not trying to make your ideas mainstream, then philosophy becomes a mere academic note. (Jack Hunter)
Once before in the West, Classic Liberalism became a dominate worldview shared by the masses. It can become so again; only this time I hope we reach total laissez faire and then move past that to complete libertarianism. Minority ideological movements can have great success but to achieve success they must become much more than minority ideological movements. Our ideas must become mainstream; libertarianism must become the dominate ideology.
Thanks to Ron Paul, the liberty movement is currently achieving great success. We need to continue the momentum that he began.