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Why do statist ideas defeat libertarian ideas in the political arena?

Visibility parity & Operation Everywhere

Statist ideas are seen and heard by everyone, everywhere, every day. This is because…

  • Left-statists control the schools, the media, most of the bureaucracy, and roughly half of elected positions.
  • Right-statists dominate talk radio, have major visibility in most other media outlets, control part of the bureaucracy and roughly half of elected positions.
  • Libertarians are visible only on the internet.

These realities make it all the more remarkable that there are nearly as many libertarians in America as there are left-statists and right statists. Gallup estimates the Right to be roughly 88-million people, with the Left at roughly 61-million. Various studies place the number of libertarians at somewhere between 64 and 70-million.

But one is forced to notice that very few libertarians are actively “libertarian.” One must also wonder how many libertarians there would be if we had visibility parity with the Left and the Right. We think visibility disparity is the major reason for the rubber-band effect — where people seem persuaded by a libertarian argument but then “snap back” when re-exposed to a world dominated by statist disinformation. These problems are related…

  • If more libertarians became active, libertarian visibility would increase
  • As libertarian visibility increases the rubber-band effect would diminish

Indeed, visibility parity with the Left and Right would probably take the snap out of the rubber-band effect. So our strategic objective is clear…

We must find and mobilize dormant libertarians so as to achieve visibility parity. We must make our ideas seen and heard by everyone, everywhere, every day. We call this goal Operation Everywhere.

By Perry Willis & Jim Babka

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