|Source: Liberty Pen- Kennedy-|
A Libertarian is supposed to be someone who believes that free adults should be left alone to live their own lives. As long as they are not hurting innocent people with what they are doing. Liberals believe in the same thing, which is one reason why I'm a Liberal. They also believe government should only do, what the private sector can't do for themselves, or can't do as well for themselves. Liberals believe in the same thing. Again why I'm a Liberal, but we differ on what government can and should do. An Anarchist essentially believes in no law, no government that people can do whatever they want to and that they should be held accountable for what they are doing by the people, but not by government. But if you listen to Libertarians lately, like John Stossel who I do respect, or Peter Schiff who I respect less, you would think that all government is incompetent and that it can't do anything well. They haven't been sounding like they are pro-limited government, or pro-small government, which is different. But they've been sounding like they are anti-government all together.
I'll give you a few examples. There are now Libertarians who believe in private law enforcement. Well we already have that with security and protection services. Security guards, bodyguards, private detectives, bounty hunters, etc. But they would take that a step further and privatize law enforcement departments. I saw someone who was in favor of this concept being interviewed by Reason Magazine last summer and they ask questions like, "what does government do better than the private sector?" Or, "what does government do that the private sector can't.?" You ask a non-Libertarian, or Anarchist that as well as a non-Socialist that, which is most of the country they'll tell you, law enforcement, national security, foreign policy and emergency management, etc. There's a consensus in America that we need government and even the Federal Government to do certain things and we need it to be successful and efficient.
I'm all for limited government and believe the Federal Government is bloated and inefficient and needs to be downsized and that some of its current activities should be left for the states and the private sector. Especially as they relate to the safety net. Doesn't mean I want these things destroyed. You can be pro-limited, or small government without being anti-government to the point you sound like an Anarchist. Which is a balance that Libertarians need to figure out, if they are ever going to hold national power in America.