The issue of political disillusionment and partisan dealignment is in the news again. While the Conservative Party will not reveal their exact number of members, some prominent conservatives put the figure at 130,000 or less. To put this in context, membership in 1951 was around 2.9 million, while the figure was 258,000 in 2005, when David Cameron took over the party’s leadership.
This is partially a result of current issues such as right-wing migration to the UK Independence Party, who estimate they now have 30,000 members, compared to only 19,000 last year. However, membership in both the Conservative and Labour parties has been falling steadily since the 1950s. Labour membership is currently at a record low of around 200,000 compared to a peak of 876,000 in 1951.
I’m going to challenge the “Socialism works if its run properly” argument and say that it is logistically impossible for socialism to function the way most idealists want it to. To make things more challenging, I will not be criticizing market socialism and its prospects of success. The reason I’m doing this is because so many other (more qualified) economists and academics have dismantled (torn apart, really) the theories of the socialist market system.
Many critics of the libertarian movement criticize our foreign policy as being “isolationist.” They say we believe in cutting ourselves off from the rest of the world. Meanwhile, they suggest we need hyper-interventionist policies, for we need to embrace our role as the greatest and most powerful nation on earth, as if the only way to demonstrate this is to invade foreign countries. But the myth that libertarianism is isolationist is as far as can be from the truth. A better word to describe our beliefs on how to deal with the rest of the globe would be “non-interventionist.” America should adopt a policy of non-interventionism, because it would eliminate negative reactions to our intervention from various nations without costing us a dime.
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