November 11, 2013 by Liberty
There has been a lot of talk about the Libertarian party in recent years. Since the Ron Paul’s presidential run (and he wasn’t even claiming the title of Libertarian) there has been a major acceptance of it’s existence in the political spectrum but is it really growing?
That’s a complicated question with an even more complicated answer.
Looking at the raw numbers, the Libertarian party is growing. This means virtually nothing without considering how fast the Libertarian party is growing in relation to the other political parties because, naturally, the population is increasing and that would mean nothing without a comparison. The Libertarian party may be growing in numbers but becoming less or more effective in elections.
The number of voters that identify as libertarian is also rather irrelevant. Many libertarians vote for republicans or democrats because they think a vote for Libertarian is a vote wasted. Many Democrats and Republicans vote Libertarian. That’s why I think the most effective way to measure the growth of the Libertarian party is by looking at election results.
I’m going to be looking at the harsh facts of the Libertarian party. This is information that many libertarians like to ignore but it’s something that we have to face.
Looking at the electoral history of the Libertarian party makes the answer pretty clear. Back in 1980, the Libertarian party presidential candidate Ed Clark was able to secure 1.07% of the votes. That was under a decade from the first candidate ran for president and it was a dramatic improvement over the previous elections.
Now, after 3 decades, in 2012, the Libertarian party presidential candidate, Gary Johnson was able to secure a hefty 0.99%. No, make sure you read that decimal point in there. Not 99%, 0.99%. That’s less than a percentage point. It’s a statistically insignificant difference from the elections three decades ago. The value of the Libertarian party has not grown.
Sure, there have been years in the past where the Libertarian party had less of an impact but it hasn’t even had as much impact as it had 30 years ago. No, we’re not growing into a Libertarian country. No, as much as the media loves to blame the Libertarian’s, they have virtually no power in this situation.
The Hope For Libertarians
This can seem like a disappointing situation for any Libertarian’s wandering around this country searching for a little bit of hope but it’s actually not as bad as it sounds.
First of all, there is more acceptance of other people and cultures in this world then there ever has been. We’re living in a globalized world that is slowly learning to treat each other better. The mass back and forth communication has allowed more and more people to accept people despite their differences. That is a libertarian belief. While the libertarian party may not be growing, more and more people are learning to accept other people.
No. I don’t have proof of that. Throw that in my face. Maybe the world is getting worse. Maybe this is all goobledegock.
Here is the more important point:
Being a libertarian is not about the rest of the world. It’s not about everyone else making a peaceful world for you to live in. It’s about you being the peaceful world.
We will probably never have a world that’s without some amount of coercion and manipulation but that’s not what being a libertarian is about. It’s about you taking responsibility for yourself.
You need to be the one to step up and not let yourself get coerced.
You need to be the one that prevents yourself from getting manipulated.
If you choose, you can take responsibility for preventing others from getting manipulated.
This is self ownership. You own the responsibility of stopping government from controlling your life.
There are ways that you can lower your taxes. There are ways that you can completely eliminate them. There are ways that you can live your own life while not worrying about the laws the government sets up but ultimately, it comes down to you (all of this can even be done legally too). No one is here to give you your freedom. You can not expect the Libertarian party to save you from government and the idiots around you. You can’t spend your time wondering if the libertarian party is growing. It hasn’t and it probably won’t.
It’s up to you.
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