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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/16103/austrolibertarianism-as-a-starfish/

Austrolibertarianism as a Starfish

March 18, 2011 by

We are small, bottom-up, voluntary, and flexible, while the statists’ organizations, starting with the government itself, but also other organizations such as the UN and the IMF, are big, coercive and centralized. Governments are inefficient, slow, corrupt. This is why we will win. FULL ARTICLE by Helio Beltrao

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Allen Weingarten March 18, 2011 at 12:11 pm

“Ideas are not holding us back.”

Liberals have won the war of ideas, even though we have had superior facts & logic. *When it comes to promulgation to the public, there is no substitute for marketing.* An outlook is not adopted solely by its veracity, but by how well it is understood, advantageous, fits into the user’s way of life, and is applicable. Note how well liberalism has been presented by its advocates. They aver: it is the evil of the greedy capitalists that cause recessions, depressions, and destructive policies; it is immoral for some to earn billions, while others are in poverty; this must be corrected by government, who acts as Robin Hood. (Even a high school dropout says: the rich make all our problems; its bad for them to got so much, while I ain’t got none; so their loot should be given to the community. And because I kant fford stuff, businesses go bust.) Such rhetoric is clear, simple, ‘moral’, and easy to apply with regard to policies. Were Austrian economists able to present their outlook in as clear, simple, ‘moral’, and applicable a manner, they would be competitive.

Can any of you present a comparable summary of the Austrian outlook?

Joe March 18, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Ideas are only important to the audience to whom they are presented. Unfortunately the audience in the US has reverted from individual responsibility to emotional altruistic theft of wealth. The socialists and liberals have taken over the public school system and as a result they always have a new wave of liberals to throw at the world.
I seriously doubt whether too many people ever take the time to look at a idea. Thier emotions get in the way before a logical conclusion can be obtained.

Allen Weingarten March 18, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Joe, the emotions may predominate, but most of the public do believe it is capitalism that causes economic downturns, which requires protection by government intervention. They also believe that it is moral to do so.

Walt D. March 18, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Be careful with your analysis.
The other difference between spiral cleavage and radial cleavage organisms is that the mouth and the anus are reversed. We don’t want to be accused of “talking crap” or “talking out of our asses” ! :-)

Fernando Chiocca March 18, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Amazing speech

Dave M March 19, 2011 at 12:23 am

Joe has some valid points. We must endever to re-educate all of our friends and family members. That probably sounds simplistic but believe me it actually works. I regularly forward articles from Von Mises to people and surprisingly I have amassed quite a following.

There is one thing to keep in mind… the state universaly reserves the right to use deadly force to achieve it’s goals. Those goals can range from collection of taxes to as far as invading other states.

At this time libertarianism is viewed as a fringe element. If we actually become a thorn in their side you can expect a reaction that will initialy try to discredit or ridicule turning to open hostility.

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