Poverty is a political construct; it is the result of bad public policy. There is nothing inherent in free markets that would naturally produce what we call poverty.
The number one bad policy we have in America is requiring our children to go to terrible public schools that we protect from competition. Politicians refuse to make the money they collect for education available to anything but public schools – dollar for dollar the worst educational investment in the modern world.
In fact, our schools are so bad, that many teenagers decide to drop out altogether, either for a low paying job with no future, or to work in the illicit drug trade, itself an enticing opportunity created entirely by bad public policy.
Poverty can persist as an inter-generational condition, when fed by continued bad policy made by politicians who mean well but who are utterly ill-equipped to make decisions about economics, much less about peoples’ lives.
If you are no longer satisfied with Democratic politicians protecting bad schools and hanging to the tried-and-failed 1960s welfare programs that discourage work, if you are no longer satisfied with Republican politicians acting like it’s all your own fault, you might be a Libertarian. If you’re looking for a fresh new approach to protecting your liberty, an equal shot in a growing economy, and an equal shot at justice, you’re not just a Libertarian, you’re a part of this campaign.
If you believe – after considering all the evidence and advice available to us – that you should wear a mask, keep socially distanced, wash your hands, and get vaccinated, then you should. That’s what I’ve done. But just because we are in the midst of a pandemic, and we are, that doesn’t mean the United States Constitution has been suspended, it doesn’t mean the government has the right to shut down our economy, take away your right to earn a living, or to go to church or anywhere else. It doesn’t mean the government has the right to tell you what to wear, what not to wear, who to be with or in what size groups.
I don’t like it when the government infringes on my rights, and neither should you, whether that be the result of authoritarian city ordinances, a condescending federal government, or a rogue police officer. Now there is a movement within our government to require you to carry a vaccine passport. This ultimately means deepening the divisions between us, between people who have complied with our overseers and those who have not. Just one more vehicle used by our government to intrude into our everyday lives.
If you’re looking for a fresh new approach to protecting your liberty, your right to an equal shot in a growing economy, and an equal shot at justice, you’re not just a Libertarian, you’re a part of this campaign.
Our government should no longer be in the business of criminalizing the behavior of consenting adults. Nor should our government be sentencing our family members to prison terms five times longer than those in the rest of the world.
The state’s heavy-handed approach to controlling us has driven a wedge between communities and police. Backing off the nanny-state attitude would allow people to solve real problems like drug addiction and community violence.
We must demand that when our municipalities negotiate with police unions, they negotiate for what we care about, not defunding, but greater accountability, more transparency, more ability to fire officers as well as the right to offer incentives for excellence, and more citizen involvement in both recruiting and training police officers. And we must put an end to the practice of police employers hiding behind the doctrine of qualified immunity. All of this would make police contracts more responsive to markets, and to citizens.
If you are no longer satisfied with Democratic politicians protecting bad laws and Republican politicians protecting bad cops, you might be a Libertarian. If you’re looking for a fresh new approach to protecting your liberty, an equal shot in a growing economy, and an equal shot at justice, you’re not just a Libertarian, you’re a part of this campaign.