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Spontaneous Order

IowaFalcon Wrote: Feb 11, 2015 7:28 AM
As wasteful as free enterprise is, lets compare it for a moment to central planning. If you drive from Des Moines to Minneapolis on interstate 35, you will encounter hundreds of wind power generators. Not a single one of them produce electricity at a cost that is in line with other technologies and each represents the tax money of a typical family for an entire lifetime in subsidies. Yet, the landscape in Northern Iowa and Southern Minnesota is just lousy with them. Without the central planners, not a single one of them would be there. With the central planners, we keep wasting resources. This year, we yet again extended tax credits that were supposed to expire long ago, as the central planners told us that the wind energy industry would no longer need support once it got big enough and the technology matured. If an investor was foolish enough to put one of them up without the tax incentives, they would have lost their investment, and the market would stop wasting resources immediately. With the tax credits, we will continue to waste resources putting these things up years after we know that they are waste.
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Electing Liberty

IowaFalcon Wrote: Nov 05, 2014 12:02 PM
Progressive Republicans controlled the Federal government during the Bush years. Ron Paul was mostly a lone voice in the party. The Tea Party had not been born, and the identity of the party had not shifted as it has. The Senate has been filled with people like Cruz, Paul, Sasse, Ernst, and so on. The House is now dominated by Tea Party members.
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Electing Liberty

IowaFalcon Wrote: Nov 05, 2014 11:54 AM
We should all be bleeding heart, no matter what our approach to seeing it happen. I believe in limited government because it is the best way to help the poor and create a better society. I want to end welfare because it destroys families and makes people dependent and perpetuates misery. I want to cut taxes because the resources would do a lot more good in the market. The biggest problem that we have in getting people to consider our ideas is that we allow our way of thinking to be considered mean and self-centered. Progressives are no more compassionate than we are, they only get away with saying that they are because they want to actively solve problems instead of create conditions that solutions grow out of. At some point, we have to learn to show our compassion for people along with the data that explains the superiority of the effectiveness of limited government.
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Electing Liberty

IowaFalcon Wrote: Nov 05, 2014 11:44 AM
And the Tea Party emerged within the Republican party to fight that growth. In 5 years, the Tea Party has done more to advance the beliefs of the Libertarian party than the Libertarian party has in 43 years. We could do a lot more if Libertarians who want to see all Republicans as the same would get off their ideological high-horse and join us in the real world.
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Electing Liberty

IowaFalcon Wrote: Nov 05, 2014 11:33 AM
You are asking about two completely different things. You can not fix redistricting without people in office, and arguing about the privileges of office while arguing that it is better to vote for a candidate that will not win is nonsense. I am going to say that the cheating in the run off would not have even happened had the Libertarians showed up in the first place. Remember that McDaniel got 49.5% of the original vote, and so it would not have taken much to deliver him the primary out-right in the first place. In most states, Libertarians are about 1%-3% of the general population. Those kinds of numbers are miniscule in general elections. In primaries, they could swing results 5-15%, and pretty much rid the planet of progressive Republicans in a couple of cycles. Working within a party amplifies the influence of a faction. The fact that the party did such an act shows how little they fear the small-party factions getting together,
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Electing Liberty

IowaFalcon Wrote: Nov 05, 2014 10:44 AM
Not a good example. Gillespie is an example of a progressive Republican who won the primary, then lost what should have been a lay-up. Many of the "wins" that the Republican leadership crowed about in the primary season ended badly. The extra 5%-10% that Libertarians could bring to primaries would have kept Gillespie from being the nominee in the first place, and instead gave voters a small government candidate to vote for in the general.
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Electing Liberty

IowaFalcon Wrote: Nov 05, 2014 10:27 AM
As someone who considers himself ideologically much more Libertarian than Republican, I am a registered Republican who works within the party. Why? It works better. The list of Libertarians who have ran within the Republican party and won is significantly longer than Libertarians who ran as Libertarians and won. Also, the voice of the Libertarian is much louder in the Republican party, where people like Ron Paul are actually advancing the ideology and converting people to Liberty principles. Lets face it, Bob Barr and Gary Johnson did not get known nationally by being Libertarians. They got known being Republicans. The leadership of the Republican party gets away with being as progressive as they are because Libertarians are not active in Republican primaries. The difference between a slate of small government Republicans this election cycle and all of those RINOs was the Libertarians who chose to sit on the sidelines, complaining about progressive RINOs instead of backing candidates that agree with them on the size, scope, and purpose of government. All of those narrow wins that will be used as proof that the party is still a less progressive alternative to the democrats would have gone the other way if Libertarians simply joined their kin in the Republican party. I sympathize with those who say they will not vote for a progressive, no matter the party. That said, we have progressive Republicans in leadership roles because the party leadership does not fear the Libertarians, who simply run away instead of fight progressives within the party.
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