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When Libertarians and Hippies realize they are the exact same group, who want the exact same thing, the world will change for the better.

I am talking of course, about a voluntary society. A naive, but beautiful concept that almost every intellectual on earth has tried to encourage us to imagine.

Hippies, are, generally, naive, and stupid enough to believe, "That's what democracy is"... Libertarians are often cynical, and emotionless enough to suggest, "That is what democracy could never be".

Why is this so important? I don't think there is anyone in America who truly believe the republican, or democratic parties can actually solve any of our problems... I think half of us, are secretly hippies, who hate libertarians, so we vote democrat. The other half, are secretly libertarians, and they hate hippies, so they vote republican.

I know this is a broad over generalization, and there are still quite a few hard line party hacks out there... but, mostly, I think those are just the people on TV. I think our politicians, are republicans and democrats, but our people are pretty sick of both of them... They just hate hippies, or libertarians.

What do hippies want? A voluntary society, where we all chip in to help the less fortunate, and encourage the growth of non profits, and for profit corporations at the local level. One in which we don't use force to punish non violent crimes. One in which we don't torture. One in which we don't declare war without reason. One in which police don't beat people for exercising freedom of speech... or religion.

Isn't this what libertarians want? The only real difference, is that they want it to all be non profit, and for profit corporations, no tax by force, no actual government. This infuriates hippies because they love space... That's it, hippies love NASA, and to be fair public education, for creating NASA engineers. When you remind them it's taxed for at the point of a gun however, they start to favor non profit NASA.

We all want our government, to be our countries largest not for profit corporation. We can get there if we stop hating each other.

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    Jul 17 2012: Does anyone really want a country where you don't HAVE to pay tax? No body likes the idea of it but we all know it keeps the country alive.
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      Jul 17 2012: This is actually the main misunderstanding, in my opinion, of both philosophies. This misunderstanding has been caused predominantly by the fact that both movements have at times been taken up by, for lack of a better word "whackjobs and drug addicts".

      What I believe every human being on earth wants, is a government that is spending their money so wisely, that there is no need for a violent enforcement of the tax code. There is no country on earth where money is being spent that wisely, and that is why the code must be enforced with police, and irs agents.

      If a government was run as an efficient charity organization for the legitimate benefit of the people... There would be very little objection to taxes from either group.

      I think at their core however both philosophies simply boil down to "I have a right to live my life, and make my own choices in it. You do not have a right to spend my money being violent".
    • Aug 9 2012: The only way for the govt to spend our earned tax dollars wisely is if they spend it on the programs that we as tax payers choose which programs will receive our tax funding. A market based tax system will solve more problems in this world than my little brain can think of at this moment.

      http://www.ted.com/conversations/12638/a_market_based_tax_system.html

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