By Austin Anderholt | USA
From a young age, most Americans learn about what we are taught is the essence of freedom and prosperity: Democracy. Everyone gets an equal vote. No one gets more power than anyone else. Democratic societies are so free, aren’t they? What if I told you that there is a better solution. A more free society where people can choose and vote for themselves. A society that fixes every major flaw with democracy! Let me introduce you to the libertarian model of society.
My idea of a theoretical libertarian society is that you can be as free as you want as long as you don’t interfere anyone else’s freedom to do as he wants. This is not the case in democracy:
For years, the argument for democracy is that, “In the democratic model, nobody has more power than anyone else. The majority will always rule.” This is exactly the problem with democracy. Everybody has to submit to whatever most people wanted. One might argue that “Tyranny of the majority is better than tyranny of an individual such as a long.” That may be true, but a libertarian society aims for no tyranny at all. Take the United States presidential elections. In a democratic society, we usually elect the candidate that earns slightly more of the vote than the opposing candidate. This means that while half of voters are happy, the other half of voters are angry that they are being forced to be ruled by a president they did not choose.
What would happen in a libertarian society? In a libertarian society, each individual might choose who they would like to govern them, or if they would like to be governed at all. No one would be forced to do anything just because a slight majority of people believe in it. Imagine that you are in a group of ten friends. You are the only one that works, and the other nine do not contribute to society at all. Your nine friends would like to take all of your money to keep for themselves. You would not like this, as they have no reason to be entitled to your private property. Let’s see what would happen in a democratic society, and then a libertarian society:
In a democratic society, your nine friends decide to have a vote to see what should be done with your private earnings. Seeing as they want your money, they all vote to take your wealth. Contrarily, you vote to keep your wealth. Unfortunately, you lose in a 9-1 vote to steal all of your money, and you end up penniless.
In a libertarian society, morals would not be based on what the majority of random people believe to be true. A libertarian society would have you, the owner of your own money, decide what is to be done with it. You earned it, so you may do what you want with it. There are no tyrannous majorities that are forcing their personal moralities down your throat. There is no legalized robbery. There is only maximized individual freedom.
Democratic societies have many flaws the are glossed over almost all the time. They are inefficient, unjust, and unfree. Democracy glosses over any ever so slight minority and replaces it with nonconsensual laws. Libertarianism is a rising solution to the fierce destruction of society via democratic lawmaking. Libertarianism stands for the maximum rights of the smallest minority: The Individual.