What would America look like if libertarians were in charge? There would be a lot less government and a lot more freedom. Some people fear freedom. They think less government means chaos. But they are wrong.
I explore the subject this week in my syndicated column:
"Great part of that order which reigns among mankind is not the effect of government," Thomas Paine, the soul of the American Revolution, wrote. "It has its origin in the principles of society and the natural constitution of man. ... Common interest (has) a greater influence than the laws of government."
If libertarians were "in charge," there would be laws to protect us from foreign enemies and those who would steal from us or injure us.
Today, by contrast, under the rule of Democans and Republicrats, we're drowning in rules -- 160,000 pages' worth. Micromanagement kills opportunity and freedom.
Things might be better if competition existed among governments. Governments, to keep people and capital, would have to be more efficient and get rid of stupid rules. Michael Strong and Magatte Wade of the Free Cities Project discussed this on my Fox Business show:
Strong said, "We want to encourage thousands of people to create new governments that have different rules, each competing for customers with the best education and best health care, the most peace and prosperity you could imagine."
Of course, state governments would have to approve this.
"There are already Native American reservations in the U.S. ... They can become more free. Honduras already has something like this. In Senegal, we're encouraging a move toward an autonomous city-state that would allow for peace and prosperity."
Wade is Strong's wife and an entrepreneur from Senegal, where she saw firsthand how bad rules prevent people from creating prosperity.
Read the rest of my column here to see how "free cities" have become some of the wealthiest places on earth.