Leadership in today’s GOP leans greatly toward libertarian philosophy.
The economic freedom they seek isn’t about balanced budgets. It aims to remove wealthy people from any tax responsibility beyond the military. Their goals are no public services at all. No Head Start. No public school — not K-12, not public universities. No common good. No sense of community. No public health assistance. No ambulance or fire service. No public roadways, no national parks.
There is a belief that a “free market” will arise and create these services more efficiently. But only for those who can pay for each service as they go.
One disadvantage is the lack of moral discernment of a “free market.” Many people and corporations pushing for “libertarian” government, with no oversight of commerce, are substantial polluters of our common air, water and soil. Do they not have an obligation to those that are harmed?
Another aspect of this philosophy is disrespecting “collective bargaining,” whether that be labor unions seeking safe working conditions, or citizen movements to influence elected officials. Attempts, through the political arm ALEC, to limit voting rights/opportunities are deliberate, and won’t end until only property owners can legally vote.
There is a wide gap between managing our common needs and responsibilities in a fiscally prudent manner, and the moral emptiness of “economic liberty” as advocated by the current managers of the GOP.
I urge conservatives who value community and democracy to read about the beginnings of ALEC. Are their aspirations really the same as yours?