I Am A Libertarian Essay, Research Paper
The best way to summarize my political views would to say I am libertarian. I believe in the rights on an individual and that they have a personal responsibility for their own well being. I believe in free-market economy of abundance and prosperity. Like other libertarians, I want a foreign policy of non-intervention, peace, and free trade. A single leader should not govern a whole nation which is full of different views. The government should be smaller and less in control of our social lives and concentrate on federal issues such as trade and relations with other countries. As a libertarian, my views resemble that of a liberal but also with conservatives on the role of federal governments.
I believe that change should be for the good of the community. Like John Locke, I believe that when a person comes to power after another, the new leader should represent the views of the people. The change in power should not cripple the society but improve it. All decisions should be made by the majority and not a single leader like a king. The law of nature should never be changed so that others may hurt each other. Locke has a quote in which he says ?And that all men may be restrained from invading others? rights, and from doing hurt to one another, and the law of nature observed, which willeth the peace and preservation of all mankind,? I agree with him to preserve the law of nature. John Locke and I both agree that if there should be change in the state of government, it should be for the good of the community and those in it.
In the state of nature, man is mostly good. They live their lives obeying God and thus not causing any harm to anyone else. Locke frequently mentions that man should go by the laws of God. I agree with him. I also agree with him when he says, ?that is a state of perfect freedom to order their actions and dispose of their possessions and persons as they think fit, within the bounds of the law of nature, without asking leave, or depending upon the will of any other man.? I believe that man is essentially good in the state of nature.
All men should be equal and have the same potential to do things. No one should be discriminated for their race, beliefs, or ideas. I agree with Locke when he says, ?Men being as has been said, by nature all free, equal, and independent. I think that all men should see themselves as equal unless one of them is raised in power by God. John Locke also believes so, in his Two Treaties on Government, he quotes, ?should also be equal one amongst another without subordination or sub junction, unless the Lord and Master of them all should by any manifest declaration of His will set one above another,? Those who discriminate others for any qualities mentioned should be punished. It should also become an amendment in the constitutions that people should all be considered equal and banning discrimination.
I believe that in society, people should more freedom to make their own decisions and that the government should not interfere with their affairs. This could be said that the federal government should not interfere with the state and local government business and that state government should not intervene with local government business and so on. Locke believes that people should have the right to choose what they want. I agree with him because this way, the people will get what they want.
As a libertarian, I agree with the conservatives in their view on the purpose of government. I believe the government?s purpose of to take care of federal and international policies while leaving the commonwealth of the people for the people. There is a quote in Burke?s Reflections on the Revolution in France where he says, ?There is no qualification for government but virtue and wisdom, actual or presumptive. I agree with him because I see government as a source of help and knowledge if the people ever need guidance. However, the government should never intervene with the business of the people in society. Government and society should be completely separate unless either is needed to do something.
I believe that we should lower income taxes because most of the money is spent towards war and a smaller portion of it is spent wisely and in favor of the tax-payers. People should be in charge of their own material resources and property. I am in favor of a laissez-faire economic system because that way, people can control what they want to do with their property. By lowering income taxes, we would then have to create many self-governments in which they can govern themselves in the areas that the federal governments once covered. Also, by lowering income taxes we would boost the economy because of more spending and thus the value of the currency would go down.
As a libertarian, believe that we should pass a constitutional amendment to ban discrimination against homosexuals. I believe that we are all equal in the eyes of God and we should see each other that way also. This would improve public relations and would lead to banning other forms of discrimination. Crime would eventually go down since most crimes committed in America are hate crimes and this will lead to a national bond. This might cause major immigrations from other countries boosting our economy even more. This is a good change for society so I am in favor of it.
I believe that we should negotiate a world-wide ban on nuclear weapons because man is essentially good and we all deserve a good life since we are all equal. By doing this, much of our tax dollars which were spent on weapons will go towards better causes or return to the tax-payers themselves. Some causes could be to decrease crime and violence. Or we could help other countries by providing for them. Many oppressive governments and dictatorship will fall since their campaign is based on warfare causing violence and abusing the people. If the money is returned, it will boost the economy. In any way, it will cause peace and lead to a better life for all, in other words, a better change for society.
I strongly believe that all men are equal because we were created the same by God. I also believe that man is mostly good and those that aren?t, can be reformed. I think change should be brought about that is good for the community it is for and should be decided by the people themselves, not the government. People should have more freedom to govern themselves and the government should interfere less to prevent a clash of different ideas. I believe people should govern themselves because they are good and if they are controlling their own lives, they will naturally want the best.