As many of you know, I generally self-identify as a libertarian. That’s why the following statement about libertarianism may come as a surprise:
Libertarianism is a boutique philosophy. In real life, it’s just as unworkable as communism.
It’s just as unworkable because it shares the major flaw of communism: it ignores human nature. Communism fails because it doesn’t take into account self-interest, which is the most potent driving force behind human interaction. Libertarianism fails because the philosophy at its core is centered on rational self-interest, and it ignores the fact that rationality is a rare commodity. People pursue their self-interest all the time, but they rarely do it in a rational way.
So why do I still make my mark next to the Libertarian candidates on the ballot most of the time? Because Libertarianism errs on the side of personal and economic freedom (which, in reality, are the same thing.) Of all the political philosophies, libertarianism allows for the least amount of penalties for success, and the least amount of rewards for failure. A libertarian system also has the least amount of friction with the Bill of Rights, because it puts the most restrictions on government power.