This morning I found an excellent editorial on lewrockwell.com by none other than Lew himself. The article is insightfully entitled “But What About the Children?” – he discusses the Mike’s Hard Lemonade fiasco along with the 437 children taken from their mothers by leviathan force in Texas. Throughout the entire article he hits the nail on the head. However, at the end, he really drives it home:
Thus do we see what is wrong with statements such as the following: “We have an obligation to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse, and we can do this by increasing communication between state and federal agencies to help combat this repulsive industry. While privacy rights should always be respected in the pursuit of child pornographers, more needs to be done to track down and prosecute the twisted individuals who exploit innocent children.”
Do we really want to unleash the state to solve this problem? Not if we understand the dynamics of statism. The power will not be used to solve the problem, but rather to intimidate the population in ways to which people will find it difficult to object. The trouble is that the above words were not written by the typically naïve do-gooder, social worker, or Justice Department bureaucrat. They were penned by spokesmen for the Libertarian Party.
Thus can we see the power of propaganda, and its uses. Not even self-identified libertarians can see that state authority over the family is a basis for the loss of liberty in our time, and that the state always poses the greater threat to society than whatever problem it purports to solve. There is a further problem: a concession that the state can indeed solve social problems that cannot be corrected without the state, is to give up the entire argument over the future of liberty itself.
I’m not an “official member” of the Libertarian party, but I have considered myself libertarian for years. I think that with all the extra reading that comes along with libertarianism (yes, I believe that libertarians do in fact read more) it should be obvious and libertarianism 101 that more state agencies do not solve problems. It’s not a question of minarchist, anarchist, purist or reformer, it’s simply a matter of what works, and what makes sense. I never thought I’d see the day that the LP would invoke the Demopublican’s signature, liberty stealing “What about the Children?” propganda phrase.
God Save the LP.