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Mediaoutlet Springfield, VA, U. Published by Lexington Books The number of people working with us to spread our ideas is steadily growing. Of course we are largely ignored by the mainstream media and academics, which was to be expected. But while the economic crisis continues and deepens people will increasingly look for answers in different directions, and one will be the Austrian School.
LMR: In a recent interview on the Tom Woods Show link , you said that your libertarian views used to be a source of pessimism for you, but lately you have become an optimist. Can you explain?
FK: Although Western governments have been growing and have become more intrusive in many regards there are many positive long term trends and developments that I was unaware of. During the last 25 years more than 2 billion people have lifted themselves out of poverty, due to greater economic and personal freedom. That is enormous progress. Totalitarian ideologies like Nazism and communism have been on the way out. Even in socialist Europe not everything has gotten worse. The military draft was abolished, air traffic and communication have been liberalized, euthanasia is increasingly legalized, gays can marry and entrepreneurship is more highly regarded than thirty years back.
Mind you, I fully acknowledge many negative trends regarding liberty, like rising taxes, centralization and the enormous regulatory burden, but I think we often forget to count our blessings.
As libertarians we are still a small movement in absolute terms, but relatively our growth is impressive. By my conservative estimate our numbers have increased tenfold during the last decade.
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Ten years ago I would have to tell people I am a libertarian to which they generally responded with a glassy look. Nowadays I meet people who conclude I am a libertarian and sometimes confess they are too.
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Technology is rapidly progressing and I think technology is generally a liberating force, empowering the individual more than the ruler. It was highly contested and leftists predicted it would bring the end of civilization. Nowadays our public channels fear their increasing irrelevance due to the advent of YouTube, Torrents, and Netflix. Same with the mainstream newspapers, always toeing the government line faithfully, whose declining circulation numbers I witness with glee.
DNA sequencing, medical tourism, and lab-on-a-chip will provide new ways to circumvent the statist healthcare systems and make them irrelevant. Online learning websites like Kahn Academy and Coursera provide ways to cheaply bypass government schools. Cheap smartphones help expose police brutality and government oppression. The human condition has improved enormously during the last century; we live longer, healthier, and more prosperous lives on a cleaner planet. Often these optimistic trends are reported by liberty minded people, like the doom-slaying economist Julian Simon.
He posthumously inspired Bjorn Lomborg a former Greenpeace member to write the influential book The Skeptical Environmentalist, which helped a lot in boosting my optimism regarding the human condition. FK: Beyond Democracy is a concise and accessible book that I co-authored. It debunks thirteen democratic myths and explains why democracy is both immoral and does not deliver the promised goods. It is now available in 16 languages and I am glad to spread these contrarian ideas through public appearances, articles, and interviews. Indeed, almost everyone is in favor of democracy; fifteen years ago I was too.
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I believed the mantra that the politicians, schools, and the media told us. Democracy is a collectivist ideology like communism and fascism. It is Socialism Light in which everything in society is regarded as a potential collectivist matter on which we could vote over. By centralizing decision-making it reduces the diversity of millions of individual choices to a few choices of bureaucrats and politicians. It leads to economic downturns, shortsightedness, social conflict, growing public debts, loss of liberty, and a government micromanaging our lives.
In that light it is no wonder that during the last 50 years the economic growth in the western democracies has declined from 6. The cracks in democracy are now beginning to show and we will hopefully see the rise of several counter movements.
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