— Alan Watts (via sunflower-mama)
— Mark Hyman (via liberatingreality)
At first glance libertarians and progressives seem like opposites. Progressives are populists and libertarians are individualists. But the two groups have a lot of common interest.
Both are opposed to an excessively large military. Both also oppose funding violence in Israel, Ukraine and Syria.
Both oppose corporate welfare for billionaires who pay workers unfairly (who inevitably also need social welfare). Cutting corporate welfare would end subsidies to big oil, factory farmed livestock and big agriculture.
Both respect individual rights, such as free speech.
Both oppose the surveillance state and a militarized police force.
In addition, both groups advocate for significant change.
While neither would be able to get everything they want, neither group will be able to get much done working within the Democrat/ Republican parties. Both of the parties have been overrun by sellouts who never do anything that would ruffle the feathers of their corporate masters. When either of those parties play by the two-party rules, their voice doesn’t get heard much.
I’m addition, if they form a political alliance, they could utilize the growing discontent in the population to create change and shake up the system a bit.
It is clear that tensions are rising across the globe. Between the Middle East, Russia/BRICS, an unstable economy among other things; there is a lot indicating we are nearing a turning point in our society. I think a key factor in how this all plays out is if we can get genuine politicians in office and get the system to cut the bullshit. I think that the same old crap will continue if both parties politically play along with the Republican/ Democrat puppet show.