Libertarians keep trying to convince disgruntled liberals to join with them, saying that Libertarians and liberals really want the same thing, just through different means. If only liberals could think rationally, and abandon their attachment to the idea that progress can be achieved through a government elected by the people, then we could become happy libertarians, they say. They grow exasperated with our refusal to take the Libertarian Party seriously.
Before these Libertarians dismiss us as hopelessly irrational, however, they would benefit from an examination of the kind of candidates for public office that their political party brings forth, and consider how these candidates look from a liberal perspective.
Libertarian politician Jon Roland is a useful example. Roland is currently campaigning to become the Libertarian Party candidate for U.S. Senate from Texas in 2014.
As much as Libertarians like to say that they’re against centralized government decisions, Jon Roland would like to get the federal government involved in a radical, top-down reorganization of education in the United States. He wants the U.S. Senate to pass legislation to change education to “repurpose toward militia training for defense, law enforcement, and disaster response.”
Instead of learning history, science, mathematics, art, writing, reading, and all the other traditional school subjects, under Jon Roland’s Libertarian plan for education American children would, be assembled into armed militias.
What kind of future would these children have, with that sort of education? Not a very prosperous one, if Jon Roland’s Libertarian plan for military reform is enacted. Roland proposes the accelerated replacement of soldiers with military “technology”.
Note to Libertarians: Children in militias instead of schools, made obsolete by killer robots, is not a political goal that liberals share in common with you.