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If there is one thing that is clear in the great debate about ObamaCare, it is that the Libertarians are now as strong a force as the recently discredited NeoCons. The Campaign for Liberty, and libertarians generically, are all enjoying a boon based on the fear of government.

It is worth noting an important difference between the NeoCons and the Libertarians. The NeoCons had a blind faith in the power of the American military and industry, whereas the libertarians have a blind faith in the free market. NeoCons did not really trust a free market. For them, the government was a tool of personal power by creating privileges for the oligarchy of banks, insurance companies and munitions manufacturers. It was a gravy train with a lot of boxcars.

Libertarians, in contrast, tend to be free-thinking individuals who are sensitive to the hypocrisy of both Democrats and Republicans. They do not trust any government program or statist control of their personal lives. What they do believe in is the old Adam Smith straw that the economy somehow magically 'self-regulates.'

It is important that Progressives understand the differences between NeoCons and Libertarians. The NeoCons collapsed on their failures. Progressives did not win the political battle; cause and effect simply caught up with NeoCon idiocy. Progressives again seem to be losing the political battle, as the recent vote that excluded single-payer demonstrates. Progressives have been unable to draw a distinction between what the government can do well, and what the government should not do. The Libertarian position, fed by fear, principles, a general distrust of government incompetence, and a faith in free enterprise is where the policy debate is centered. Standing in the center of this debate is the unlikely hero, Ron Paul.

Compared to the NeoCons, Ron Paul appears to be a reasonable Republican. He has long made the Federal Reserve a target of his scorn. He sees the Fed as a power unto themselves with an unregulated monopoly on the creation of money. Ron Paul is a fiscal conservative. Attacks on the national bank have a long American tradition, going back at least until the days of Andrew Jackson. Jackson also attacked the aristocracy the the NeoCons represent in modern times. It is no surprise then, that libertarians refer to themselves as 'patriots.' They believe they are fighting huge intrusive government in the likes of Sam Adams, Thomas Paine and other American revolutionaries. They want their guns, their money, their land, and they do not trust lawyers who disrupt the sanctity of the free marketplace.

If Progressives are to make any advances, then they need to make a better rebuttal against both the conservative Republican ideology (shared by many Democrats) and the Libertarians.


Dennis Kucinich has been correct in describing the reforms thus far as InsuranceCare. The questions we should be asking, and that Ron Paul should be asking, is 'Why do we need insurance at all?' All insurance is a ponzi scheme. When Libertarians claim that they want the 'right' to purchase their own insurance in the free marketplace, they are really saying that they want to join a ponzi scheme of their own choosing. Nobody can give you back more than what you gave them originally. Insurance, like taxes, is a system of redistribution with a huge overhead expense. The traditional complaint against government is that taxation is illogical and wasteful. There is a lot of truth behind this complaint. Taxes are also a ponzi scheme.

To pay one ponzi scheme to protect, promote and require membership in another ponzi scheme is totally absurd. Yet, that is exactly what government mandated insurance or government regulated insurance entails. Libertarians contradict themselves. They want to be free of contracts, but they also expect for the government to protect whatever contracts they make. They do not seem to recognize that part of the impetus for healthcare reform is that insurance companies cannot honor their contracts. No ponzi scheme can honor all their contracts. The ponzi scheme is maintained by adding new pigeons. Once you reach saturation point, there are no new pigeons to attract. Therefore, the system must collapse.

One good example of how absurd the InsuranceCare system has become is in regrad to childbirth. When I was born, my mother spent a week in the hospital, and the total cost was $150.00. Today, and Ob-Gyn pays in excess of $150,000.00 annually for insurance. In effect, we purchase insurance to pay doctors who then must also purchase insurance. We have insurance purchasing insurance!

The libertarians are having a tough time following the math. They are only looking are the dollars, and believe that their contract with the insurance companies represents a valid contract. They do not realize that all insurance is a ponzi scheme. We will not reform healthcare until everybody realizes that ponzi schemes do not work, and that all insurance is a ponzi scheme.

We need a system of healthcare delivery, from one citizen to another. We have made the number more important than people. When people say they trust the marketplace, they have unconsciously substituted real goods and services for imaginary numbers. This is the heart of Ron Paul's complaint against the Federal Reserve. He objects to their creation of imaginary numbers that we call money. Progressives need to educate Libertarians that their faith in actuarial numbers created by insurance companies is equally wrong.

 

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Ron Paul, and libertarians don't 'want' insurance.... by spinnikerca on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 11:21:13 AM
I agree with your attitude, but let's not forget t... by Steve Consilvio on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 7:24:30 PM
When companies compete against each other prices a... by T M on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 10:59:13 PM
Any good idea can be taken to extremes, and libert... by Darryl Schmitz on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 11:48:27 AM
Darryl, You could argue that the Declaration of In... by Steve Consilvio on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 7:32:45 PM
Congress created the Federal Reserve, yet it had n... by T M on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 11:14:04 PM
...acknowledging the influence of Libertarians. Of... by Starbuck on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 12:05:11 PM
Generally, you wrote a good article that attempted... by Patrick Henry on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 12:31:45 PM
Nobody has attacked the entire insurance paradigm ... by Mr Stq on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 1:35:44 PM
Ron Paul isn't a Libertarian - he's a States' Righ... by Jim Arnold on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 1:44:12 PM
The reason the VA exists at all, is because it's s... by fuzzy wzhe on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 8:43:26 PM
One poster already did an excellent job showing ho... by Janet Gifford on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 2:02:16 PM
The purpose of insurance companies is to make mone... by Jim Arnold on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 3:22:04 PM
False, only in a corrupt system can this happen. I... by T M on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 3:41:04 PM
The purpose of insurance companies is to make mone... by Jim Arnold on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 4:12:54 AM
The purpose of any corporation is to make money...... by Starbuck on Thursday, Oct 8, 2009 at 8:31:46 PM
You have created a false division between the role... by Steve Consilvio on Thursday, Oct 8, 2009 at 10:13:52 PM
"and insurance (in theory) is a way for the many t... by Starbuck on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 12:42:28 PM
Taking care of the weak through private charity si... by Steve Consilvio on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 2:03:09 PM
....can be summed up in one infamous phrase: From ... by Starbuck on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 9:43:18 PM
Let's assume communism is 'each according to his a... by Steve Consilvio on Saturday, Oct 10, 2009 at 8:28:37 AM
The nature of insurance is not a Ponzi scheme, nor... by Dennis Spain on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 2:28:02 PM
Libertarians do not believe in ANY ponzi scheme. T... by T M on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 3:26:20 PM
You say:"The questions we should be asking, and th... by joshuabrucel on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 4:14:59 PM
The argument that insurance is a risk pool is pret... by Steve Consilvio on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 7:50:32 PM
Steve, you have to think about this issue in a lon... by Patrick Henry on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 9:15:01 PM
In the long term, the insurance companies would be... by Steve Consilvio on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 12:00:22 AM
Steve, think about it. Really sit down and think ... by Patrick Henry on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 11:57:39 AM
Healthcare is such a false economy it is hard to u... by Steve Consilvio on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 12:19:12 PM
"The numbersjust get bigger and bigger, but the wo... by T M on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 11:33:44 PM
So, what kind of government do we have?We have a g... by fuzzy wzhe on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 8:31:10 PM
Don't think we can categorize libertarians like th... by JohnPeebles on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 8:34:53 PM
Libertarians aren't trying to create a new economi... by fuzzy wzhe on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 9:01:04 PM
Fuzzy, Supply and Demand is a farce. It is an anec... by Steve Consilvio on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 7:05:40 AM
I don't think I've ever read a more confused econo... by T M on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 11:49:23 PM
Ever notice that prominent Libertarians not named ... by Dick Thomson on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 9:08:07 PM
It is fair to say that some libertarians want the ... by Robert Fritsch on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 11:24:00 PM
Robert,Thanks for your thoughtful reply. I should ... by Dick Thomson on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 9:36:30 AM
Dick,I'm not sure I understand your post. Let me t... by Robert Fritsch on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 12:50:18 PM
I tried to explain something that took me a few bo... by Dick Thomson on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 2:02:01 PM
The best currency would be a currency without gove... by Kyle Kearns on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 5:32:34 PM
The government making money is not as big a proble... by Steve Consilvio on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 7:41:22 PM
What the government does when they say they are cr... by Robert Fritsch on Tuesday, Oct 6, 2009 at 12:27:57 AM
I will try to respond to as many points as possibl... by Robert Fritsch on Tuesday, Oct 6, 2009 at 12:50:44 AM
Robert,In an "isolated" economy, there will be nat... by Dick Thomson on Tuesday, Oct 6, 2009 at 7:40:10 AM
There is no reason to be protected from 'cheap for... by Steve Consilvio on Wednesday, Oct 7, 2009 at 8:10:11 AM
I will try to respond to as many points as possibl... by Robert Fritsch on Tuesday, Oct 6, 2009 at 10:44:03 PM
I get the sense you have never really read Hayek, ... by Mr Stq on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 9:36:06 AM
the "Austrians" are like communists with different... by Dick Thomson on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 11:47:08 AM
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Libertarians oppose the tyranny of government but ... by Ty on Sunday, Oct 4, 2009 at 10:24:50 PM
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Corporations are an artificial legal structure cre... by Mr Stq on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 9:24:45 AM
I agree that corporate person-hood is a problem, b... by Steve Consilvio on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 9:39:28 AM
This is because the economy isultimately based on ... by Mr Stq on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 10:25:47 AM
Metal backed currency has been tried for thousands... by Steve Consilvio on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 10:48:38 AM
Steve, how do you define success? If metal backed ... by Robert Fritsch on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 12:25:52 PM
I define success as people living in peace and ple... by Steve Consilvio on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 12:36:18 PM
Do you see the world sort of like a pie, where tak... by Robert Fritsch on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 2:17:18 PM
There is a zero sum game going on. There is a fixe... by Steve Consilvio on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 2:35:36 PM
So are you saying we are playing a zero sum game, ... by Robert Fritsch on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 3:17:09 PM
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we completely agree now that inflation of currency... by Patrick Henry on Tuesday, Oct 6, 2009 at 10:47:23 PM
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As I taxpayer, why am I obligated to pay for judge... by Steve Consilvio on Monday, Oct 5, 2009 at 5:20:07 PM
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Hi Robert,You and I both have a lot of posts in th... by Steve Consilvio on Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 6:22:10 PM
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Money is an intellectual agreement. It makes no di... by Steve Consilvio on Saturday, Oct 10, 2009 at 8:41:44 AM
Look at a prison. The natural money that arises ar... by Robert Fritsch on Saturday, Oct 10, 2009 at 6:20:39 PM
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