Where to do politically?
It seems as if there are an interlocking set of agreements among intelligent libertarian-thinking types.
The masonomists get there:
At the University of Chicago, economists lean to the right of the economics profession. They are known for saying, in effect, "Markets work well. Use the market."
At MIT and other bastions of mainstream economics, most economists are to the left of center but to the right of the academic community as a whole. These economists are known for saying, in effect, "Markets fail. Use government."
Masonomics says, "Markets fail. Use markets."
The seasteaders get there:
My new perspective is that the advocacy approach which many libertarian individuals, groups, and think tanks follow (including me sometimes, sadly) is an utter waste of time.
The public choice economist gets there.
The agorist gets there.
The best predictor running in modern politics gets there.
So what is an intelligent libertarian to do once one realizes that politics is about
a) special interests getting more of what they want at the expense of the common good
b) concentrating power
Seems as if there are a limited number of options.
1. Try to slow the expansion -- See the libertarian party. This seems almost worthless to me at this point. Yes, the slow erosion of liberty will continue, and so too will the government try to choke off the entrepreneur, and limit folks into big-business/big-government careers.
2. Seasteading. Throw in with Patri, and try to build a new country that will decline more slowly than did this one. High cost, low probability of success.
3. Free state project. If special interests drive politics, then we should be able to become a special interest in one location, and drive politics. This has at least some appeal to it. The success seems to be growing in NH. Maybe a concentrated effort would get somewhere. I'm inclined to disbelieve, but not willing to throw this possibility out. Takes a lot of committed people who have politics as a top priority, and they shouldn't have politics as a top priority. Hence, I'm somewhat opposed here.
4. Promote competing power centers:
My answer to my own question is that conservatives and libertarian ought to look elsewhere. Again, I think in terms of private schools, businesses, charities, and so forth. We will have to sacrifice more and more in order to participate in these activities, because they will be under assault from the one-party state. But that is where I would put my energy.
5. Attempt to undermine government power.
And my personal favorite:
6. Use technology as a disruptive influence. There is a thought in tech/econ circles that really...technology comes along and provides new areas where the government is just way behind on the regulation, and then eventually, government starts catching up. The way you escape the government is by innovating past them in a rather constant fashion. Blogs to fight government propaganda. Or Twitter. Or ?
This continues with the idea that one can push on 4&5 by creating technology that obsolesces government activities. Government propaganda is under constant attack via alternative media. Someone will SOON build software that obsolesces 80% of the educational component of schooling. There are other paths too certainly, that I don't see.
Government is at it's core corporatist, and power-hungry. How to deal with this? As usual...a smattering of thoughts with no solution.