Utopia

Some people say: “libertarianism is a utopia, so it can’t exist in the real world”. This is ridiculous. Libertarians don’t make utopian claims. And, the discussion depends on what definition of “utopia” is being used. If the definition of utopia is: “a perfect society that cannot exist”, then the “cannot exist” part is built into the definition already, making it pointless to debate about whether or not some utopian society can exist because of circular reasoning. However, what if the definition was “a perfect society”. Libertarians don’t even claim perfection in their proposals, but we do claim that our proposed system is much more desirable morally and practically than the big state systems. Moreover, most utopian conceptions are societies where human nature itself inherently changed, which is probably impossible on a large scale. Most big state solutions are closer to this kind of utopia because big state systems can only work if humans naturally became better people and were no longer naturally self-interested and greedy. On the contrary, libertarians propose a good societal system that doesn’t require human nature to change at all. A libertarian system allows the “bad” qualities, like self-interest and greed, to be guided into cooperation and maximum benefit for most people. This is what Adam Smith spoke of:  Every individual necessarily labors to render the annual revenue of society as great as he can. He generally neither intends to promote the public interest, nor knows how much he is promoting it. He intends only his own gain, and he is, in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was not part of his intention.” – Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations

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