Here's more evidence of the damage President Trump is doing to the libertarian brand among the young.
An opinion writer for the Harvard Crimson, Trevor J. Levin, is calling for a libertarian alliance with the Democratic Socialists of America
Levin writes in the Crimson:
The protectionist, militarist, fiscally catastrophic, and, yes, white-nationalist Republicans are no option. But the primary victories of candidates affiliated with the Democratic Socialists of America, most notably Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s upset, might rattle those considering the Democrats...Note well, Levin is making, in the final sentence quoted above, the flip-side of the same argument that Trump fanboys are making. that it is about an anti-establishment streak. But both close their eyes to the various statist positions of their favored candidates.
Now, whether libertarians should vote for a DSA-backed candidate obviously depends on the particulars (see SB 827). But in national politics, left-wing Democrats, including those with the DSA label, represent the most viable option, electorally and politically, for addressing these urgent issues.
The electoral successes of DSA-backed candidates have already dwarfed those of the Libertarian Party: In addition to Sanders and the near-inevitably-elected Ocasio-Cortez, DSA affiliates have won a major-city district attorney election (to very libertarian-friendly results), a medium-city mayoralty, and various primaries and elections in state-congressional races.
Do other major-party factions offer better possibilities? No..
Even if DSA swings the economic platform leftward, “top neoliberal shill” Noah Smith has argued that Ocasio-Cortez’s proposals aren’t necessarily so awful (for consequentialists). And her “green new deal,” depending on its execution, might be reconcilable with libertarian principles: even Murray Rothbard and Robert Nozick recognized pollution as infringing on others’ property rights.
Ultimately, though, the greatest upside to an alliance with the left lies in its anti-establishment streak.
[L]et’s suspend disagreement on marginal tax rates. Let’s bring together everyone who agrees that people who weaponize state power to enrich themselves or rip families apart should not blissfully carry on at Mexican restaurants.Does Levin not realize that the Left is not about decreasing the power of the state but only about gaining control of the power?
It is true the millennials are not going to jump on the Trump bandwagon. Levin correctly writes:
The protectionist, militarist, fiscally catastrophic, and, yes, white-nationalist Republicans are no option.But Trumped has sucked the life out of the libertarian opposition. It barely exists. And the kids are going to the only alternative they see, democratic socialism.
Once again, I call on my fellow libertarians to attack and attack Trump intellectually when he wanders from libertarian principles (which he almost always does). The millennials need to be made aware there is a vibrant non-socialist opposition to Trump. And it must be made clear that the DSA is just as bad as Trump/