In this short passage, a friend of mine–the same friend who showed me the video self-hating white men and with whom I spoke about Iraq–shared some thoughts on a goofy article written by a Libertarian. The string of posts in response to the goofy article vexed my friend enough to declaim on how most Libertarians rely too much on principles without data. (Unlike Daniel J. Mitchell, whose articles I love re-blogging here.) This approach is only good for preaching to the choir. My friend’s a very creative, successful, and astute individual with a great sense of humor–as you’ll see below.
In the past two weeks, I saw a troll post about 20 most attractive Libertarian women, which then provoked a feminist-libertarian round table, which then provoked a meta-movement analysis, which is now provoking my response: Why is this important? To be fair, I am not a Libertarian, at least as defined by the libertarians I know, but maybe I can provide some outside advice and criticism. First, realize that most libertarians are not taken seriously because of 1) See above and 2) they are not preparing solutions grounded in empirical best practices that leaders can use. Leaders need to be able to identify and measure the problem, and prepare a strategy to remedy said problem with measurable outcomes.
The worst part? There is plenty of evidence to reject the hypothesis that many government interventions into the market place are effective, and there are plenty of great thinkers (Friedman, Murray, etc…) who were taken seriously because they did exactly what was stated above. Finally, please stop with the masturbatory “meta-libertarian movement analysis” and focus on building practical solutions.