As the libertarian philosophy gains popularity in response to the repeated failures of government, we need to define which type of libertarians we want to be. Our numbers are growing, and as we reach critical mass, we need to start to specialize our political activities. In my mind, there are three kinds of libertarians in politics: the candidates, the party or cause leadership, and the activists.
You should recognize this specialization as the division of labor. Previously, libertarians had to “wear many hats,” because of how few our numbers were. Today, that is not the case.
Have you ever waved signs at a rally or a busy intersection for your favorite candidate or “pet” issue? Have you ever made statements to the press, defining an organization’s position on an issue? Have you ever run for office?
Chances are, most libertarians can answer “yes” to the first two questions, with a slightly smaller number answering affirmatively about the third one. I am among those who can say yes to all three.
Those days are, hopefully, coming to an end.
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