Do Libertarians need a dose of reality in their ideology? Does the sense of invincibility that comes with being young prohibit Liberty minded millennials from furthering their cause? Or will their idealism and the absolute faith that they are right overcome the knowledge and wisdom of older generations?
From immigration to cyber security to the war on drugs, Liberty minded millennials have a firm grasp of what Freedom is. What they are lacking is the understanding that true Freedom comes with a certain responsibility and has consequences.
For example, when it comes to immigration and open borders, millennials will eventually have to deal with the issue of terrorism and the possibility that there are those in the world who would take advantage of looser immigration laws. In fact, they already have. The Paris attacks last fall are a prime example of how looser immigration laws and open borders can be taken advantage of.
In the area of cyber security, millennials want to keep the government from having the ability to see anything in our smartphones or computers. But if we don’t allow the government some access, are we making it easier for pedophiles to exploit and traffic innocent children? Without some government regulation and interference, we leave some of our most vulnerable citizens at risk.
And are millennials prepared to accept the consequences of legalizing drugs across the board in order to end the “war on drugs?” Someone will have to make arrangements for the increase in healthcare costs due to the increase in communicable diseases, birth defects, and addiction recovery. How we minimize those risks while decriminalizing drugs is something that millennials need to seriously consider when debating the issue.
Complex issues will never have simple answers. Yet the youth of today and Libertarians would have us believe that if government simply got completely out of the way all these issues would resolve themselves. But not all Libertarians believe that. There is a faction within the Libertarian movement that believe, and understand, that some government is needed. This faction also understands that most people believe government should intervene and/or regulate some of these situations. But where do we draw the line, and how do Libertarians and millennials resign themselves to the compromises needed?
For now, the idea of compromising on any issue is completely out of the question. It’s all or nothing for most millennials and this crowd is no different. Maybe they just need a few more years in the real world to acquire that “dose of reality with their idealism.”