Take a look at the video below. Take note of the pure hatred, the propaganda, the attempts at assault, the lies and generally the atmosphere of large conflict that is being created.
Donald Trump is not a libertarian. Donald Trump is – generally speaking – an authoritarian, whose proposed policies do not differ all that much from the political establishment. Republicans have basically said things about immigration that are similar to what Donald Trump has said. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have their own brands of authoritarianism.
Libertarians can sympathize with Trump for a few reasons: his challenge of the political establishment, and ripping the clothes off the emperor; his relatively less beliggerent foreign policy; his all out war against political correctness etc.
But Trump is not a libertarian. His political views are much more alligned with the statist left than they are with libertarians.
So when you realize the amount of vitriol, hatred, calls for assassination on Twitter, lies, propaganda, protests, and other types of disturbing opposition from activists, interest groups, the mainstream media and even people in his own party he generates, it begs the question.
What would a libertarian candidate generate? What would the level of hatred and vitriol and protests and propaganda and lies and even calls for assassination be, for a candidate who promotes the abolishing of various departments, cutting spending in numerous departments and budgets, an increased cutting of government handouts, slicing the military industrial complex, complete freedom of speech, complete private property rights, massive cuts in taxes (or even the elimination of various taxes), doing away with special job protections for government employees, and other policies that would have various sections of society throw a hysterical, hate-filled fit?
What you would have, is the ingredients of an all out civil war, if the current outrage at a populist Republican is anything to go by.
For libertarians, Trump may as well be the canary in the coal mine. If it is not obvious now to libertarians just how utterly futile it is for libertarians to run for office in current times, it never will be. Unless civil war is what you’re looking for. But even so, these conflicts would be pinned on libertarians, by all non-libertarians in the U.S. and by the rest of the world. Libertarianism would never recover.
The masses are too brainwashed. They have too many interests to lose. Too many false beliefs to cherish. Without education; without libertarians having their own channels of information or influence in them; without parents teaching their kids true values, libertarianism stands no chance in the political arena.