I have a legitimate question that I hope you can answer regarding libertarianism. Without a strong central government in place, how can the following take place:
* The monitoring of electric companies to ensure that they do not form a monopoly and charge prices up the roof.
* The allocation of licenses for different Internet providers to offer their services competitively, allowing me to access your website.
* The system of telecommunications (including their maintenance) to ensure that your website, along with others, are able to be hosted and shared with others (even among different web hosting providers in a free market).
I think you see my point. I am not looking to criticize the Ron Paul movement, I am simply trying to understand how the country can function with removed government if the government is necessary for so many day to day necessities that we enjoy.
Actually, I don’t see your point. It seems you have predicated the existence of those line items upon a central government and only a central government. Take a look throughout history. Education? That’s a typical attack. As if an overlord education entity were even necessary… Homeschooling consistently produces students in the 85th percentile or better. That alone is proof positive that the modern day education system (patterned upon the Prussian model) is a giagantic FAILURE. Electricity and Internet companies… Do you really believe that a government is the only thing that can monitor these? I can. You can. the Better Business Bureau can. Dozen, hundreds, thousands of entities can. Take your pick. Telecomm.. really? Do you understand that the majority of the internet is run on open source software: linux, BSD, Unix, etc… these are peer reviewed programs, not government programmed software. I open an ISP and use FREE and OPEN sotware to provide service to my customers. I don’t need a government to force that software on me, because there are multiple selections available already for me to choose from. I choose from the best one that serves my needs. And guess what… damn near all of these are Free in cost as well.. thereby lowering my costs so I can lower my prices for consumers as well. You seem like you misunderstand the issue here. It’s not about “removal” of government. It’s about less of it. Get it to the point where it covers the basic necessities and that’s all. Where it is now is vastly intrusive and does very little to improve the quality of my or your life. The Federal government is not necessary for so many day to day things. My local government and State governments have much more impact on my life, with the lower levels of government having the most influence. I like drainage, asphault/concrete roads without potholes, and water in my house. I don’t need Feds or Stateys for this, as locals provide it. Come to think of it, I can’t actually think of anything the Feds have done for me in years.
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