Richard Ebeling emails:
I participated in the March 22, 2016 “Libertarian Angle,” webinar sponsored by the Future of Freedom Foundation, with the Foundation’s president, Jacob G. Hornberger, on the topic: “Why are People Supporting Trump?”
The focus this week is on the reasons behind the surge of support for Donald Trump for the Republican Party nomination for the presidency of the United States, including among some libertarians.
The frustration, disappoints, and anger against “establishment” politicians, special interest group corruption using government for their own benefit, the sense that economic conditions are at a minimum stagnating rather than improving, and fears of cultural change have all resulted in people responding to the rhetoric and “political imcorrectness” of Donald Trump.
However, behind Trump’s rhetoric and political incorrectness is little that a friend of freedom should find appealing. He proudly declares how he has used government connections and “deals” to gain favors for his businesses and how he considers eminent domain a “wonderful” use of government power against the interest of legitimate property owners,
Trump has also declared that no changes should be made to Social Security and Medicare, with funding to maintain these “entitlement” programs being assured through the miracle of making America a “winner” that is “strong” and “huge” in its successes. However, how this will be brought about is left to the listeners imagination, other than that he thinks other nation’s take advantage of America, so he will impose import taxes and other impediments to international trade and commerce; a sure policy for economic hardship for American taxpayers and consumers, regardless of what Trump may suggest.
He has also shown little regard for the constitution or protection and respect for civil liberties involving the media or in the treatment of those suspected of terrorist attacks or threats. This is matched by a “great man” theory of government, which implies that all that is needed is to follow Trump down a road that leads away from a rule of law to a law of men – in this case, one man, Donald Trump.
An election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States would offer little in the way of a hope for individual liberty and limited government, but would threaten greater losses or further weakening of many of the freedoms already under attack from political power.
The webinar runs for about 30 minutes.