Author- William Baumgarth
Usually I write about libertarian topics, but today I’ve decided to take a more personal approach. I want to tell you about why I’m a libertarian.
I’m 20 years old, and I can remember the first time I discovered I had libertarian tendencies. I was 13 at the time, and I had always sided with Republicans. I desperately wanted McCain to win the election in 2008. I had very little political knowledge, and I had always sided with the Republicans because I was unknowingly deviating from the rhetoric my teachers had shoved down from throat in grammar school. One thing I didn’t know, however, was that marijuana couldn’t kill you. So you can imagine my surprise when one day on reddit, I saw a informational photo on how the amount of people that overdosed on marijuana was 0. I couldn’t believe it, I googled the information to see if it was true. It was.
From that moment on I thought to myself “what else has the government lied to me about?” At that point I was very into social issues. I would look at Ron Paul interviews and stories all day long. I was evolving as a libertarian, and shortly came to the conclusion that all drugs should be legal because people are making a choice, whether or not you can overdose on them.
Every topic I would learn in history class, I would then go home and research myself, to make sure the facts were right. And most of the time I would come to the same conclusion: the government was responsible for this event. For instance I realized that the Jim Crow Laws weren’t “the people’s mistake,” despite what my history classes had tried to tell me, I realized that they were very much the government’s mistake. It was ordinary people who were serving black people, and as a result the governments got mad and made STATE mandated discrimination, therefore forcing people not to serve to black people. Throughout my years in schooling, I was always told it was the people who were the racists, even though they were forced to act in this matter via government.
I realized that the countries we had tried to “help,” were worse off. Most of the wars we had fought in the past were because of BS reasons, but had real consequences. The ending of lives, and the destroying of nations. We had angered and ruined both people and communities with our interventionist policies.
My priority with social issues eventually faded. This is because I found out about taxes, and how much people are taxed. I found it incredible that 40-50 percent of people’s paychecks were being seized. And much of this money, I found out, was going into inefficient and ineffective programs and agencies. I decided that people will spend their own money better than someone else will spend their money. I figured out that people would be much better off paying for services they need by themselves. The DMV and other government monopolies were slow and ineffective. If things need to get done they should get done via the private sector.
Another reason I became a more economically orientated libertarian is because I read Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged.” I understood the culture of libertarianism, and I realized how self sufficiency is the greatest gift man can give himself. Everything had changed, and I came to the conclusion that you are responsible for your own success. I no longer found life to be just mere circumstance. I discovered that the greatest trait I could possess was individualism.
If you look at the state of Republicans and Democrats you realize that neither of them has the intention to make government smaller, to repeal laws, and get rid of regulation. No matter what way you look at it, they are two sides to the same coin. They both love war, big government and regulation.
I’m a libertarian because I believe that we are all in charge of our own destinies. I’m a libertarian because I believe that people have the right to decide whats good or bad, for themselves. I’m a libertarian because I believe that as long as you’re not hurting others, no one has the right to hurt you. I’m a libertarian because I believe that only the free market will let us prosper. I’m a libertarian because I believe a voluntary action is a fair action. I’m a libertarian because I’m actually anti-war.