We All Wanna Change the World
By Arnold Kling
Bryan discusses policy libertarianism and structural libertarianism. If they were 60’s leftists, the policy libertarians would be willing to work within the system and the structural libertarians would want to change the system. In this case, I feel ambivalence, of the sort expressed by John Lennon in the Beatles song “Revolution.”
The policy libertarian can complain that while the structural libertarian dreams of revolution, day-to-day reality is that there are opportunities to block bad policy and occasionally promote better policy. On the other hand Jacob Lyles can complain that the policy libertarian serves to legitimate the democratic process, which tends to be anti-libertarian by nature.
My goal is simple. I want people to stop rooting for bigger government. Get them to lose what Daniel Klein calls The People’s Romance. A long as people root for bigger government, neither policy libertarianism nor structural libertarianism can get much traction.
Lyles thinks that my approach, too, is futiile. He writes,
Quoting Jefferson at housewives isn’t going to sway them when Obama Claus is on the television offering free college educations and health insurance.
I would say that if the people in your community do not find libertarian ideas convincing, then your community is unlikely to be very libertarian.