For a practical definition, if men merely agree that no man or number of men have the right to initiate the use of force against any human being (and that includes the forcible seizure of his property), that they have no such right for any purpose whatsoever, at any time whatsoever—that would be all we need, that would achieve a perfect Utopia on earth, that would include all the moral code we need. –Ayn Rand, April 17, 1947
Admission to LP.org is contingent on rejecting the initiation of force. But election to a deliberative body dominated by entrenched tools of the looter persuasion confronts newly-seated members with opportunities to vote on alternatives posited on the absolute desirability of the initiation of force. Elected libertarians are bound to support policies that do not rely on coercion, or that lessen coercion. But will this affect the way the rest of the elected officials vote?
The context is similar to the Opinions and Social Pressure experiments conducted by Solomon Asch in the 1950s and reproduced by many psychologists since that time. Three lines of different lengths were displayed and subjects were asked to indicate which of the three matched the length of a fourth line. Participants were instructed to occasionally lie in unison about the facts (like looter politicians) and only one subject–unaware of the collusion–answered in accordance with the evidence of his or her senses.
Three-quarters of those tested went along with the obvious lies of the majority until joined by a defector reporting truthfully. At that point the error-inducing effect of social pressure exerted by the lying majority (for groups ranging from 4 to 20 persons) is diminished by roughly 25%.
By not participating in partisan collusion to report that 2+2=5, elected Libertarians increase the correctness of decisions made by each of their fellow elected officials by about 25%. Voting for a libertarian party candidate is not only leveraged by a large factor, but works to repel legislation based on falsehood. This has the added benefit of reducing self-deception by approximately 1/4 in every committee to which a libertarian member is added. Libertarians reduce the pollution of government by entrenched conformity with a bias favoring the initiation of force.
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