Donnerstag, 27. August 2009

Libertarianism in Austria

Austria is the root of the Austrian School of Economics. But today's Austria is quite different from the Austria Carl Menger, Eugen Böhm von Bawerk and Ludwig von Mises lived in. Today, Austria is one of the most socialist countries in the world. Even privately owned companies are dominated by people involved in one of the four major political camps (Socialists, Christian Conservatives, German Nationalists and "Greens"). Taxation is very high. The Austrian educational system is very authoritarian and intolerant. Only people who shut up, do as the teacher says and memorize everything word by word have a chance to graduate.

Implementing Libertarianism in Austria seems to be like an extremely challenging task - although the people in this country would profit very much if they were finally able to lead their lives according to their own beliefs and desires, and get the position in society they deserve because of their unique personality and intellectual abilities.

Many young people are fed up with the current government (a coalition of Socialists and Christian Conservatives), and therefore they vote for the German Nationalists, as these people are considered to be the antithesis to the current government - while in reality they are not. Many high-rank state officials belong to the German Nationalist camp. The German Nationalists are just a part of the establishment. And they are anything but libertarian.

It is time for a real change. With a well-designed campaign, a new, libertarian party would be able to make a real difference. The new party would face a lot of opposition from almost every established politician in this country. But the time is ripe. And there are many supporters, including wealthy people and experienced politicians who have become disillusioned with the authoritarian atmosphere in their former camps.

It's mostly a question of marketing whether the new party will have success.

Freitag, 21. August 2009

LIBERTARIANISM - The Political Concept of the Future?

I IMPLORE every one of you who is interested in politics to check out the political positions of the following party and tell me their opinion on them:

http://www.lp.org/

DO YOU THINK it would be good to have a similar party in YOUR COUNTRY, running for national ELECTIONS? Why / why not?

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The Libertarian way is a logically consistent approach to politics based on the moral principle of self-ownership. Each individual has the right to control his or her own body, action, speech, and property. Government's only role is to help individuals defend themselves from force and fraud. (http://www.lp.org/introduction/what-is-the-libertarian-party)
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The Libertarian Party is for all who don't want to push other people around and don't want to be pushed around themselves. Live and let live is the Libertarian way. (http://www.lp.org/introduction/what-is-the-libertarian-party)
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To validate my membership, I certify that I do not advocate the initiation of force to achieve political or social goals. (https://www.lp.org/membership)
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Bailouts are ALWAYS bad for the taxpayer, for the economy, and for business. Why? Because rewarding the mismanagement of American corporations with a taxpayer-subsidized lifeline does NOTHING to encourage reform or fix the problems that pushed the companies to the brink of failure. As we said in a statement, these bailouts do nothing but prolong the inevitable collapse of companies suffering from extreme mismanagement and poor investments. ... Why are taxpayers being used to reward this mismanagement? ... A bailout is a perverse transfer from poor taxpayers to rich taxpayers. (http://www.lp.org/issues/current-issues)
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The Internet is making it possible for new voices to be heard -- the voices of people who simply could not afford to publish their ideas or display their artistic talents to a wide audience using older technologies. (http://www.lp.org/issues/internet)
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The individual's right to privacy, property, and right to speak or not to speak should not be infringed by the government. The government should not use electronic or other means of covert surveillance of an individual's actions or private property without the consent of the owner or occupant. ... We oppose the issuance by the government of an identity card, to be required for any purpose, such as employment, voting, or border crossing. We further oppose the nearly universal requirement for use of the Social Security Number as a personal identification code, whether by government agencies or by intimidation of private companies by governments. (http://www.lp.org/issues/privacy)