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01 December 2016 @ 06:21 am
Failed libertarian  
Unsurprising psychological study of libertarians:
1. Libertarians will value liberty more strongly and consistently than liberals or conservatives, at the expense of other moral concerns.
2. Libertarians will rely upon emotion less – and reason more – than will either liberals or conservatives.
3. Libertarians will be more individualistic and less collectivist compared to both liberals and conservatives.
That explains why I wanted to be a libertarian, though I have long since decided that a lot of problems such as Tragedy of the Commons, Coordination Problem, Externalities, etc., keep it from working.

Thanx to andrewducker
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Andrew Ducker: Illuminatiandrewducker on December 1st, 2016 06:13 pm (UTC)
I also find libertarianism appealing. It's a shame it doesn't work.
Sue Burkemount_oregano on December 2nd, 2016 03:14 am (UTC)
My experience with libertarians is that they seem to know a lot about libertarianism and know very little about competing theories of politics and economics. I suspect that they may have been searching for an answer about public policy problems, found libertarianism as the first apparently coherent explanation and solution, and stopped looking and learning.

Because if they had continued to search, they might have seen that libertarianism won't work for a lot of reasons. One is that it simplifies the problems and their solutions too much. The world is much too messy for a few simple ideas to make things right, even if they're attractive ideas.

Sue Burkemount_oregano on December 2nd, 2016 03:17 am (UTC)
And I would add that I think this is true for other ideologies, like communism. The first apparently logical and all-encompassing answer is where the searching stops for some people.
The Mystery of the Supranational Rabbit: Elevator Angelsporsupah on December 3rd, 2016 04:31 pm (UTC)
Likewise, on the latter points - environmental protection is one large aspect which libertarianism fails to address, as if the right of the industrial plant's owner to dump their waste overrides the users of that same water downstream, or indeed, anybody relying on a reasonably stable climate, in the face of CO2 emissions continuing nearly unabated. (And yet, we still see such forthright climate change denialism espoused by even senior Republicans)
Johnjohnpalmer on December 10th, 2016 07:23 am (UTC)
Externalities is actually well understood in economics. It's just like any other human thing... people often want to ignore their own externalities.