I used to call myself a libertarian, and at one point for a short few months, I considered myself an anarchist. However, over the course of getting to know more libertarians of all stripes I have decided that it is best if I shed all labels and say that I am a small government guy. What this means specifically is that I want to government to get smaller over the course of time and then we as a society can truly decide when it is small enough. It means that I want less taxes and more freedom, I want everyone to keep more of their money and have the freedom to choose who they want to marry, what substances they ingest and who they associate with. This sounds very libertarian if you are familiar with the political ideology, the problem is that libertarians seem to have no idea how to properly deal with the outside world and that to me is enough to never associate myself with them again. Here are three reasons why I think they will continue to lose.
They Love Discussing Things that Only They Care About
On social media there are numerous opportunities to get to know more about libertarians from other libertarians, and if you can stand long winded answers about dead political philosophers and a bunch of logical phrases that few seem to understand, you may actually learn something. The problem is that most people can’t because it is boring as all get out and that is why libertarians will continue to fail. There are groups where they will argue about minarchism versus anarchism all day long when we are struggling to get rid of ObamaCare and lower the debt and stop invading so many countries. To go even further and show just how delusional some of these people are there is a libertarian candidate that is already campaigning on the platform that we should abolish the federal government in four years. If that sounds frightening to you it is because it is.
There is a Serious Purification Test
It states in the Bible that if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand and the libertarian party seems to be divided into ridiculously small factions that want to argue about who is more philosophically correct rather than explaining the benefits of decreasing to size of government. This is a real sticking point for me because there are so many benefits of decreasing the size of government and with the internet, there are so many ways to reach people all over the country, and yet it seems that libertarians don’t want to do this. They would rather complain with slogans like “taxation is theft” rather than reaching out to people with a less extreme message that can ease people into that thought process.
They Have a History of Failing Spectacularly at Marketing
The libertarian party was formed in 1971 and 2016 was the first year that the party was on the ballot in all fifty states for the presidential election and they got 3.2% of the popular vote with no electoral votes. This kind of history is exactly why I think libertarians are losers. The way they reach out to the US population is clearly not working and for some reason they refuse to change their ways. Many libertarians need to learn how to communicate effectively with other people and not expect a change to happen with just one discussion. Don’t discuss philosophers but the discuss the freedom that LESS government would allow you. But most of all, be nice, kind, and considerate, people don’t like talking to jerks who are so condescending that they make you feel like an idiot. Libertarians have the best and certainly most consistent political philosophy, they just need to learn how to market more effectively.
Salesmanship and Communication are Essential
It is important to understand where your audience is mentally so that you can reach out to them effectively. Salesmanship is an extremely important tool when attempting to communicate an idea. Ideas dealing with politics are generally difficult for people to digest because many people don’t spend a lot of time thinking about politics throughout the day. Small government people need to realize this and give specific examples to help people more easily digest these new ideas.