5 Reasons Libertarians Will Never Win an Election

5 Reasons Libertarians Will Never Win an Election

2) The Libertarian Party Won’t Fit Into 2020

The Libertarian Party viewed 2016 as their big year, and many eyes were indeed on the Party. They received an unprecedented amount of coverage compared to previous years. This came in the form of televised debates, a televised convention, and much more mainstream press coverage of the eventual Presidential candidate than ever before.

2020 is not a repeat of 2016. There’s no redo. It’s not the year of #NeverTrump because we already have President Trump.

The Democrats will run a candidate further to the Left to fight populism with populism. An extraordinarily binary election is the predictable result of the country’s current state of polarization. Americans will be fighting to retain Trump or fire Trump. Nobody will be shopping for a third choice with their perception of the stakes.

The only major issue that Libertarians can distinguish themselves from Trump on is immigration, where the vast majority of Americans ultimately disagree with Libertarians on the extent of their border views.

Hillary Clinton recently voiced that mass migration into Europe was problematic, a sentiment which was echoed by John Kerry.

Democrats who are unhappy with those migration remarks will only go further left within the Democratic Party to field their candidate. There will be plenty for them to choose from. If you thought the 2016 field was crowded by Republicans, just you wait for the Democrats in 2020.

3) A Lack Of Empathy, And Its Translation Into Poor Marketing

Libertarians thrive on theory but struggle with practicality, often missing the forest for the trees. When you feel like you’ve won a random internet skirmish after calling your foe a statist bootlicking sheeple, you’ve actually helped lose the war.

In order to change someone’s views, you have to understand their views. Even acknowledge their views. Libertarians however operate on a Vegas or bust, all or nothing approach. I’ve seen more people incrementally arrive at the ideas of liberty than I’ve ever seen arrive there from being called a bootlicker.

The inability to handle criticism or play Devil’s Advocate, and having no sense of humor detracts from your ability to relate to others (otherwise known as empathy). In order to attract people you have to relate to people, and people don’t relate well with prudes.

I’m no stranger to Libertarians placing words in my mouth to confirm their biases, all for the sake of having something to complain about on the internet.

This was most recently demonstrated after sharing an article called Snapchat Sex Workers Being Reported To IRS For Taxes, Libertarians stormed my page to condemn my position on this subject, even though no position was given. Listen to my Freedom Report Podcast segment for more on this.

Small and medium businesses employ the majority of Americans. These are people who would be helped by the Libertarian position on deregulation. If the majority of businesses would be helped by a Libertarian economic structure, then why aren’t they supporting Libertarians?

It’s because the Libertarian focus is on normalizing taboos rather than on issues Americans feel are important. Libertarians would rather tell someone to read a book rather than engage in an economic discussion, yet they have all day to talk about why we should be able to sell heroin to 5 year olds (you thought I forgot).

If those who stand to benefit the most from your ideas are turning you down, you’re doing something very wrong.

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