Ron Paul is a unique figure in libertarianism, able to not only be a diplomat and figure that people outside of libertarianism can empathize with, but also a diehard who can galvanize the most radical of libertarians. It’s very rare a figure like him can exist, and let’s be glad he does.
Monthly Archives: July 2012
In this video I emphasize knowing your audience, and while arguing principle and rigid dogma is great when selling yourself to the choir, but this same red meat to the libertarian base is the kind of rhetoric that scares away people who otherwise would be open to the message.
In this video I just spend some time thinking about the possibilities when it comes to free market legal systems and polycentric law.
Many libertarians and conservatives are big proponent of the classical gold standard similar to what we had in the late 19th and early 20th century (I don’t think anyone is an advocate of the mid-20th century breton woods gold standard). I personally am a free banking/competing currencies advocate, and in this video I question the idea of an ideal system, and whether what would make an ideal currency is what we usually think it should be.
While many of us libertarians arn’t fans of overly complicated policies, it never hurt to think about what might be better that we have now. In this video I dicuss tying tax rates to economic outcomes like unemployment, so as an economy improves it results in automatic tax reflief, and create an incentive for private firms to care about economic outcomes.
Many political pundits often confuse correlation with causation, and often when they try to explain how it can plausibly be a causal relationship… it’s not that plausible in my opinion. In this video I discuss how many trends make more sense when you reverse the flow of causation, but again there isn’t any absolute way to ever know.
In the following video I dicuss why I don’t think voting violates libertarian principles or causes, if anything not voting undermines them. If anything, libertarians should vote if just to be counted. Politicians and public opinion are heavily controlled by numbers, and only by displaying our numbers and influence can we build the inertia and momentum to change public opinion. For example, do you think it wouldn’t raise eyebrows if the libertarian party got between 5-10% vote, sure it’s not a win but it sends a clear message to the two party system that their is a substantial portion of the population they must make a play for.
One things that people on the left wing of the political spectrum care about a lot is labor markets and wages, so understanding the economics of labor is important if one is to engage someone of the left in the hopes of putting a little libertarianism in their life. I’ve created this video to educate people about the ideas and concepts regarding labor markets and the issues on how government should or shouldn’t be involved in them.
My Video on Labor Markets…
My name is Alex Merced and I run a little website called AlexMerced.com that promotes libertarian ideas puts out video on economics to help people make stronger arguments. I will be posting some of these videos here on occasion and would love to get you comments. Thanks!
– Alex Merced of AlexMerced.com
An Intro to Economics…