Roaming around internet, which I frequently do, and reading crap from other libertarian minded bloggers it suddenly hit me. The solution. I think I got it, or at least in part.
Socialism, statism, collectivism whatever you want to call it, has several big advantages. They never need to explain anything, all they need to do is to promise a pink shimmering existence and sell that notion with ‘feelings’ and people eat it up. And anyone arguing against such ‘happiness’ and those that don’t want a “free buffet” for all is per automatic ‘evil’. How can we compete with that when everyday man is so dumb that the word “special” comes to mind?
And even if we could. Let’s say we get power to actually make (or rather brake) policies, how long will it take before the everlasting tranquility of socialist heaven will be packed, sold, bought and celebrated among the populace? Not long. People are suckers for collectivism and anyone with a slick marketing gimmick selling “free stuff” will get listen to.
So if ever in power this is a problem to be dealt with and here I think I’ve thought of something.
You see the enemy class in general and politicians in particular go after power, money, and fame and have a hunger to control, rule over and decide over other people’s lives. This can be solved in one other way - via television and letting them keep their jobs.
Let me explain what I mean.
A libertarian society (with slight differences depending on who you ask) would mean a country with small taxes (or other revenue) to pay for inner and outer defense (justice-system and military) and that’s pretty much it. There would be no public companies, no politically controlled unions and no socialized healthcare and so on. In effect our total tax level, if we stick with taxes as a way of paying for it, would be around 2-3%. Let’s say our hearts bleeds a little and we stick to some socialism and have certain aspects of healthcare and schools still publically paid for, then our total tax would end up somewhere around 5-6%.
And then the kicker; we keep all politicians and all their amenities, all of their benefits, meeting halls and so on and pay for it with taxes. This would approximately mean one additional percentage to the budget. But we don’t let them have any power. They can still have meetings, debates and referendums, but only among themselves. They keep their ridiculous salaries, but have no say whatsoever in the lives of others.
Why would they agree on this? Well, they wouldn’t. As said in the beginning their goal is to gain power, fame and cash so they can feel important and ruin everything for the rest of us. So my suggestion is simple – we give them a reality-show! If we did their lives wouldn’t change too much. They would still have everything they had before except the power to tell the rest of us what to do.
I frankly believe that most of them would be satisfied with such an arrangement.
Think about it. They would still be famous, they would still have their income and people would still listen to them. Companies would still invite them to speak at conferences and being a TV-star would give them a certain amount of power too. But to further give them a sense of “real” power they can vote among themselves, once a week/month, to decide who among them get thrown out of parliament. Maybe there can also be a pit of crocodiles involved in the voting-process so they still possess some power over life and death?
And every time debates get boring or the number of viewers decline, we throw in some vodka and prostitutes in the mix. Again no difference to today’s situation comes to political life.
I think that this is something we libertarians need to think about and adopt to our teachings. We need to swallow our pride and cast aside ideology for a moment. For the good of humankind.
Of course we need to get power first and that’s a whole other story, but I do believe I am on to something here. Not really finished with this thought process but the basics are sound and right. Or what do you think?