Bloomberg View: Don’t laugh off Liberland (the new libertarian “country” in Eastern Europe)

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Indeed don’t. That would not be wise.

It is quite clear that times are changing. People’s understanding of government, the state, are also changing. As more people become informed, and the information revolution continues to grow (and we are still really just in the early stages) the systems of government which treat people more like cattle than human beings are openly being questioned.

Whether Liberland makes it is a pretty open question. (Hey, we’re pulling for ya!)  But the experiment reflects a liberty oriented political consciousness which is growing around the world. Why shouldn’t we be free to do as we wish if we don’t harm others? Why should large corporations get a piece of our income via government redistribution? Why shouldn’t we be allowed to live in privacy? Why shouldn’t we be free of governments preying on us (think civil forfeiture, other types of government legal exploitation). Why can’t our banking be our own business? Why can’t we be treated as an adult human beings?

Why shouldn’t we be able to live and let live? Why do the control freaks insist on keeping humanity from living in this simple and civilized way?

Well, one, because free people tend not to be profitable for the control freaks.

(From Bloomberg View)

Jedlicka purportedly wants to build a libertarian utopia. He envisions a population of about 35,000, roughly the size of Liechtenstein, another dwarf European state. They will elect a small standing parliament but mostly make decisions by referendum, borrowing from the Swiss practice of direct democracy and the Estonian one of electronic voting. The country will use a cryptocurrency — a la Bitcoin — that doesn’t require a central bank. In lieue of a traditional tax system, people will decide what they want from the state and how much they want to pay for it. Jedlicka is confident that a lot of what we think of as government services can be provided by volunteers: Firefighters, for example, don’t have to be public employees.

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