Libertarian and Green Values: Global Responsibility
This is a libertarian perspective on global responsibility.The questions are from a paper on ten key values of the greens.
How can we be of genuine assistance to grassroots groups in the Third World? By eliminating barriers to travel and trade. By denouncing dictatorships in Third World nations. By withdrawing our troops. Access to markets in the United States would be a tremendous economic boost to third world nations. The opportunity to travel here, learn, and bring back what is best in our culture would unleash the human potential of people now living with ignorance and disease. Most third world nations remain impoverished and oppressed because they are ruled by dictators with no concept of freedom or democracy. Our reluctance to identify the cause of their problems helps keep these people starving and enslaved. Sending military forces abroad reinforces their dependency and hopelessness and destroys their cultures by transplanting the worst of ours.
What can we learn from such groups? How to function in a dictatorship. As our own government becomes more intrusive and oppressive we will find ourselves adopting some of the survival strategies common in third world nations. Subsistence farming is common there but almost forgotten here. It is a skill we may have to relearn if our market economy is so disabled that it can no longer provide for our necessities.
How can we help other countries make the transition to self-sufficiency in food and other basic necessities? Many of the most successful and prosperous nations are not self-sufficient in food or other basic necessities. But if this is what the people desire they can achieve it most quickly by massive deregulation within their own borders. All over the world there are farmers who know how to farm and petty tyrants who kill them when they try. Most third world nations could export food if they were not ruled by dictators who were intent on controlling the food supply to control the people.
How can we cut our military budget while maintaining an adequate defense? By bringing our troops home from foreign soil and ceasing our meddling in the internal affairs of other sovereign nations. Only the Libertarian Party is willing to take the step toward world peace of withdrawing our troops from foreign soil yet what could be more obvious? This simple step would cut the military budget dramatically and the money paid to our troops would be spent here on domestic goods and services. Our constant and costly meddling in the internal affairs of sovereign nations has promoted hostility and conflict all over the world and made us countless angry enemies. There is no excuse for this, it is contrary to our character as a people and our self interest as a nation.
How can we promote these ten green values in the reshaping of global order? By working with and through the libertarians. Only the libertarians have been working consistently for twenty years toward the promotion of these values all over the world. Only the libertarians have consistently opposed the emergence of new and more powerful global governments who's idea of global order is global slavery.
How can we reshape world order without creating just another enormous nation-state? By supporting the libertarian revolt against oppressive governments everywhere. Libertarians are adamant and focused against the increasing power of national and supernational governments everywhere. World order is being dramatically reshaped by a global libertarian revolution as people everywhere are waking up and throwing off their oppressors. Join the nonviolent revolution, join the libertarians.