Think I’ll Give This Libertarian Thing a Try. We’ll See How it Goes.

All right, Social Security has been going since 1937, August 14--a Leo, just like me.  It’s been pretty successful.

What the heck, think I’ll give this Libertarian thing a try.


Here goes:


“The final element of the strategy must be to propose moving to a PRIVATE SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM in such a way as to detach, or at least neutralize, segments of the coalition that supports the existing system. A necessary step toward this objective is to honor all outstanding claims on the current system. Without such a commitment, we can never overcome the political opposition to reform, because the retired (or nearly retired) population will continue to strongly oppose any package that threatens to significantly reduce their benefits. Retaining the obligation to fund existing liabilities, however, will necessarily place constraints on the mechanisms that can be used to move the country towards a private system…DETACHING WORKERS who have made substantial tax payments into Social Security may not prove to be too difficult.” – Stuart Butler and Peter Germanis, Cato Institute.

That article was from the Cato Institute.

(As an aside, Charles G. Koch was the co-founder of the Cato Institute, a think tank based in Washington DC, with Edward H. Crane in 1977.  Get this, David Koch presently serves on its Board of Directors. Along with wanting ownership of the social security system–nice work if you can get it–Koch Industries is an aggressive opponent of climate legislation and a major funder of climate skeptics, including the Cato Institute.)

Check out these links:

Plotting to Privatize

The premier libertarian think tank, the Cato Institute, was  founded by the Koch brothers, and David Koch ran as the vice presidential candidate against Reagan in 1980. Libertarian positions at the time included:

  • Abolish public schools, welfare, and Social Security
  • Do away with the I.R.S, the F.B.I., the C.I.A., and the Border Patrol
  • Legalize drug use, prostitution, and gambling.

You get the drift. Big government is bad, so get rid of government and let big corporations (like the Koch industries) have the run of the land. Eventually, Koch learned that these ideas were not popular and so he decided to take a secretive approach instead of running for Vice President. Now he sells toned-down versions of his ideas through the Tea Parties by using deception. It’s working much better.

“Social Security Reform: Achieving a Leninist Strategy” (1983)

As far as becoming a Libertarian, Na, not working yet.  I’m not gettin’ it.


Seventy-eight years ago today, when President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, he sent across a simple but significant message: Americans, no matter their age or physical ability, should be able to live their lives with dignity. Though the times and technologies have changed, that message remains at the core of this Administration. – White House 

Anyway, isn’t a libertarian simply a Republican with a bong?  A Republican is a person currently with the party platform generally based upon American conservatism. Conservationism is, as an adjective, holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation, typically in politics or religion. As a noun, a conservative is a person who is averse to change and holds to traditional values and attitudes, typically in politics.  You know, an aristocrat.

“From the pharaohs of ancient Egypt to the self-regarding thugs of ancient Rome to the glorified warlords of medieval and absolutist Europe, in nearly every urbanized society throughout human history, there have been people who have tried to constitute themselves as an aristocracy. These people and their allies are the conservatives.” Philip E. Agre.

There you have it.

Will I be learning more and more about libertarianism? Yes. Will I take the plunge? Not today. But with all this crazy talk about people like the Koch brothers owning SS,  I am thinking more and more about the five rules of Neoliberalism–a  nauseatingly ill put together word in my mind. It involves:

1) The rule of the market
2) cutting expenditures for social services
3) deregulation
4) privatization
5) eliminating the concept of “the public good” or “community”

I guess I would be a failure as a Libertarian. Maybe I think too much.  Lord knows I’ve tried all the talk about freedom and liberty. My question is whose freedom are they talking about, David Koch’s or mine? 


Terry Gresham



8 thoughts on “Think I’ll Give This Libertarian Thing a Try. We’ll See How it Goes.

  1. Yes, but now SS has proven to be such a good deal, folks want to take it off the governments hands; not destroy it. There is money to be pocketed.

    1. SS is a good idea for those at the top of the pyramid scheme. Those at the bottom, the young who are being forced to fund it, will become bitter when they don’t get their money back. The whole debate is pointless anyways as SS is being defunded by lies about inflation. Take the last five years when Obama has been president. Seniors got a cola raise of about 5%. But most of their SS check is spent on gas and food which has doubled. Obama now wants to mask the rate of inflation even more. The person who is 25 may very well get a $1,500 SS check. But when they go to spend it they will be lucky to buy one days worth of food by then.

  2. The Koch Brothers are not true Libertarians. Privitizing Social Security is not a Libertarian idea either. Their version would be for workers to keep their own money and take personal responsibility by planning for their own retirement however they wish. For the individual to recognize the risks involved and to be prudent. If those risks hurt them then they have to manage it…. The Republican idea of privitization is to use government force to still steal a chunk of your earnings. But to then let hedge funds play with that money in the stock market. If you think Wall Street is crooked right now because of the Federal Reserves money printing, wait until billions roll in from SS.

  3. Yup, you are a failure at freedom.

    “Anyway, isn’t a libertarian simply a Republican with a bong?” Uhhhhhh no. As I said, you are a failure at freedom, which is why you cannot (or refuse to) acknowledge what liberty is actually about.

    BTW I think a better question is: Isn’t a progressive simply a fascist with a bong?


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