The position espoused by this article makes a bit of sense on a theoretical level, but how to reconcile the fact that libertarians fell for Donald Trump in the single, small sample poll that you identified?
Trump isn’t a libertarian. Trump isn’t a conservative. Trump isn’t a liberal or progressive.
Trump is a true Macchiavellian panderer. He couldn’t try to out-left Hillary, who had already moved lefter than Bernie Sanders, and he couldn’t try to out right Ted Cruz by being even more Tea Party-ish. So, with the blessings of a clueless Reince Priebus, Trump cobbled together some combination of anti-establishment sentiment, some Islamaphobia, some isolationism, some moral outrage over LGBTQRI x 2 issues, and tolerance for neo-Nazi posturing.
The GOP, and the conservatives, and the libertarians, have been effectively hornswoggled. (I don’t think Trump genuinely subscribes to any of the grosser sins that have been assigned to him. He has, however, actively validated those miscreants, and gladly accepted their votes and support — so who really cares if his willing association is ‘real’ or not.) Trump doesn’t represent the interests of any of the constituencies to which he has pandered. Trump serves one master — Trump.
Yes, the libertarians should latch onto the GOP and try to influence the pragmatism of the party. The GOP, under the succesor to Priebus, should repudiate any GOP leader who even in passing labels a fellow conservative as a RINO. Without the RINOS, the party doesn’t win election. Focus on developing and maximizing the areas of agreement, and when possible, using the powers of persuasion and reason to draw the conservative folllowers to a fulcrum of aggreement.
I am on the fence with this article as a result. If the libertarians were duped by the notion that a Donald Trump might be a true catalyst for the expansion of their platform, then they are just as foolish as the rest of the GOP. The fallout of this election, from both parties, ought to be to acknowledge that business as usual is dangerous to the party and the brand.
What this election has crystallized is that the system is broken, that nominations and presidencies can be entirely bought and paid for, that the US electorate is stupid by complacency, and that the media no longer serves its purpose as an arm of objectivity and justice.
We need the milennials and gen x’ers to stop being spoiled brats in regard to recongnition of the severity and danger of the crossroads that the country has reached. We need them to do their homework in a sober fashion, and to come to the conclusion that there is a definite limit to the capacity for government to legislate thinking and to mastermind wealth distribution. We need them to discover the simple truth that sheer size and diversity of the country makes it impossible for us to compare ourselves with Norway, or Finland, or even Germany — which are far too small and to homgeneous to serve as a template for anything in the US. (If you don’t understand this, I ask that you try to reconcile the idea of a state healthcare system that would well serve the citizens of Massachussetts, for example, with a system that will effectively serve Mississippi.)
I think it’s dangerous to consider a government without a conservative branch and voice, and I truly do not want the extermination of the progressive mind and ideals. I think the creative tension has largely served us well for a long time. I do worry now that the relative comfort and affluence of our citizenry is what has allowed the oligarchy to rise, and it has also incapacitated the ‘average’ man and woman.