Tuesday, November 03, 2020

This U.S. presidential election is a referendum on libertarianism

I'm sorry I didn't post this before, but I just thought of it last night.  :(

Let me start by explaining what libertarianism is about, to the best of my own understanding (the full post is here).

"Libertarianism is not a belief in liberty, but rather, a belief in freedom from almost all taxation.  Essentially, libertarians believe that anyone who can't afford to pay for food, clothing, shelter, education or healthcare should simply go without. They hold that the only legitimate role of government is to provide security (police, border, and military). Regulations such as environmental safeguards, labor laws, consumer protection, etc., simply interfere with an individual's right to earn and keep as much money as possible, and should be eliminated."

Trump's approach to the U.S. federal government has been to try to gut it, to eliminate or render dysfunctional just about any federal governmental entity other than the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security (and the Internal Revenue Service, because someone has to collect the taxes to pay for these two).

If President Donald Trump is re-elected, I foresee the necessity of radical changes in state governments, on two counts:

~ States will be forced to raise taxes to help pay for all of the services that the federal government will no longer help finance, such as health care, education, and assistance with food and housing for those with insufficient incomes.  The increased taxes will certainly make our lives miserable.  But any failure to increase taxes to pay for these services will result in even worse misery--people may literally die of hunger, lack of health care, or, if they're homeless, exposure to the elements.  Both children and young adults may lose opportunities for education, workers may be endangered by the lack of enforcement of workplace safety regulations, and consumers will simply be ripped off with impunity.  Etc., etc., etc.  It never ceases to astound me that many people see no connection between taxation and government services.  Do they think that the money to pay for these services grows on trees?

~ States will also make many of their own decisions regarding who "deserves" civil rights and who does not.  At stake will be the rights of blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans (First Nations, Indigenous People), immigrants, Muslims, women, the L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.+ community, and persons with disabilities.  (Did I miss anyone?)  In some states, abortion will be legal; in other states, it may be a crime punishable by imprisonment.  In some states, blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans will be able to vote freely; in other states, serious impediments to voting may (continue to) ensure that most voters are white.  In some states, the gay community will be protected; in others, they may face legal discrimination.  I probably missed a few challenges. 

All I can say is that I hope I don't have to worry about such things.  If Biden is elected, there may yet be a chance to save the United States from devolving into something resembling the original Confederation.  It will be difficult, since so many federal employees have resigned to avoid working in the current government.  But if Trump is re-elected, the federal government as we knew it prior to the current administration may largely cease to exist.

Related:  Only "dominant-class" males have permanent rights.


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