By Vin Suprynowicz
Special to The Libertarian Enterprise
Jerry Cagle in sunny Santa Fe, New Mexico, writes: "What
country's government, extant in the world today, most closely
approximates the Libertarian ideal?"
The frustrating search for a "Libertopia" is ongoing.
Of course, anyone proposing a "Republic" in the early 17th century
would have been told that such a thing was obviously impossible.
Since every nation in the world was either a monarchy or some even
worse form of tyranny, it wasn't even worth trying.
Sometimes, we have to dream what we haven't seen.
One problem in your question is the phrase "country's government."
The closest thing to a Libertarian utopia may well be found in the
outlying provinces of some nation whose official laws look as
draconian and repressive as any, but where the distance from the
capital allows folks to escape most government interventions ...
particularly if one is wise enough to make frequent contributions to
the favorite charity of the local "chief."
I'm not saying that's entirely satisfactory. Relying on the
arbitrary favors of some local potentate can be dangerous, and in such
environs you may have trouble finding an honest court to enforce a
Amsterdam is one place where the "official" laws are widely
ignored, if you appear harmless, and choose to indulge your pleasures
in the proper sections of town. But unfortunately they just don't get
it when it comes to an armed citizenry, and they have their own
cloying welfare state to support, with the taxes to prove it.
Switzerland does arm its citizenry, and observes the local
autonomy of the cantons under "federalism" better than Washington. I
find it stiflingly Germanic, and of course they don't want you there
(except for a visit) if you have bags of cash ... but it's
worth a look -- they certainly understand financial privacy.
Guyana, Suriname, Belize, and even Costa Rica may all be worth a
look, though again these tend to fall into the "fleeing emigre with
money" scenario, rather than the "building a better society for
Idaho, Nevada, and Arizona offer hope, probably along with
Colorado. Some say Chile and even Bolivia and Colombia; I have no
An easy answer would be to say, "The United States of America ...
if it still operated under the 1787 Constitution." The question then
becomes: 1) take it back from the statist/collectivists, 2) secede
and start again, or 3) destroy it and build again (the option
retained by the Declaration of Independence)?
"A well-regulated population being necessary to the
security of a police state, the right of the Government
to keep and destroy arms shall not be infringed."
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