July 15, 2022

546: Why Don't Libertarians Ever Win?

In our society, we're taught that winning arguments is the most important thing. But what if it's not? What if the most important thing is actually helping your fellow Americans on the issues that impact them the most?

In our society, we're taught that winning arguments is the most important thing.


But what if it's not? What if the most important thing is actually helping your fellow Americans on the issues that impact them the most?


On today's episode, I'm going to talk about why libertarians should stop trying to win arguments and instead spend more time actually helping their fellow Americans on the issues that impact them the most.


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Brian Nichols  0:04  
focusing on winning arguments. We're teaching the basic fundamentals of sales and marketing and how we can use them to win in the world of politics teaching you how to meet people where they're at on the issues they care about. Welcome to The Brian Nichols Show. Well, happy Friday there floats flying because you're on the final show and of course, another fun filled episode. Hi, as always, your humble host and today, I'm gonna talk to you about why libertarians never win. I know uplifting topics for today's conversation, but don't worry, I promise there is a remedy for for today's topic, and that is to show us exactly how we can win but before we go ahead and get there want to go ahead and give a shout out to today's sponsor. 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And oh, by the way, they have an amazing keynote speaker it is the one the only Congressman Ron Paul. So head over to the Brian Nichols show.com forward slash expat and get your free tickets locked in today. One more time, Brian Nichols show.com forward slash x Powell Alright folks. Well, thanks for joining us on today's episode, I'm looking forward to this conversation. And yeah, this is it's gonna be a little uh, it's gonna be a little real for some of the Libertarians here, because I'm going to talk to us about why we don't win. And frankly, it's a conversation I think we are all prepared to have. And I think we've all been having in some way, shape or form. So I'm gonna go ahead and get things fired up here for you guys. Here we go. So this is an article I wrote over at the Brian Nichols show.com. You can find it over on our blog posts, and it is why libertarians don't ever win. And libertarians, who are trying to convince this question is a good one to ask ourselves because it reveals how we can better communicate our ideas and win more people over to our side. If we're being honest, we libertarians often waste time arguing about things that are being again honest, don't really matter, when we should be spending our time and energy on issues that do. And while I'll admit at some of those arguments, they can be fun. They're not going to get us anywhere politically, unless we win people over by showing them why libertarianism makes sense for them on an individual level. And not just in theory, libertarians, we would be very wise to spend less time trying to win arguments and more time actually helping our fellow Americans on the issues that impact the most. There is no need for libertarians to devote so much of our efforts into winning arguments with other people, especially when it comes at the cost of helping others. We don't have a monopoly on truth or wisdom. And if we're spending so much time trying to convince others that we're right. And this is taken away from the important work that's being done by those who actually go out there and fight in the name of believing and liberty. The real problem is that many of us libertarians are so busy trying to win arguments that we forget the purpose of the arguing it's supposed to, they're too busy being right, and they focus that they forget rather they shouldn't be focusing on being effective. And they're so busy on focusing on being the only one true libertarian, that they often fail at the ability to communicate their ideas effectively. And sadly, this attitude is common enough amongst regular libertarians and I sad to see really storm over to what we've identified as more of our friends in the classical liberal campus, because sadly, it seems a while you folks have a tendency to behave like experts in some kind of grand philosophical metagame. Speaking about political issues, as if doing so gives you an edge over other people. Even though politics isn't a game, you can win by virtue of just being smart or knowledgeable enough in principle or theory. See, Libertarians often forget that many of the issues that concern voters are the issues that we will win on if we focus on those issues, versus what we think people should care about. What is important to the voter, they want their life to be secure and predictable, which is why they think that means some level of gun MIT involvement must be in their lives.

But we must change that. And we must do that by forming coalition's with others who share some of those ideas that we do if we want to get anything done in politics. But it requires us to focus on those that are actually within our target market. Libertarians should focus on the issues that are within that target market, the issues that can actually be won, and surprise, surprise issues that are important to the people. And oh, by the way, libertarians, we have to stop fighting with each other and start fighting for people. We have this tendency to get caught up in the middle of the minutia of political theory and forget that most people don't care about the ideas of liberty or politics as much as they care about their own lives. If you want to win elections, you need to make sure if you're a candidate, you have a vision for how he or she will improve the lives of Americans. If we really want to break out of the our third party, ghetto and start winning elections, we need to stop fighting amongst ourselves and focus on the issues that matter to voters. While there are plenty of other factors at play, if we can start winning elections by focusing on what matters most, then maybe just maybe more people will pay attention to us when we're talking about the other areas that we are so passionate about. In the end, it's important to remember that voters are not simply looking for a good policy proposal or a perfect candidate. Rather, they want someone who will listen to their concerns. We'll work hard to address them. And the best way for libertarians to win those elections, is by showing people how we can make their lives better through personal freedom, economic growth, and liberty based solutions. Folks, I hope you enjoyed today's episode. It's a rather short episode. Yes, I must confess, but at the same point in time, I think it was a rather valuable episode because it shows Yeah, I think we do have some room to grow. Have we gotten better from where we were? Absolutely. But do we have some some to really focus on some areas to focus on? Absolutely. So let's do that. Let's focus on the areas that we can win. And that is the area that people care about meet people where they're at, on the issues they care about. And if you do so I promise it will pay itself just like if you were to go to the Brian Nichols show.com forward slash expat it will pay itself for one week in his course, it will pay for itself over in a generation. The same thing is true. When we're meeting people where they're at on the issues they care about, you're planting the seed, right, you're playing the seed, and once you plant that seed, it will eventually might not be overnight, but it will eventually turn into a full blown solution. So folks, with that being said, thank you for joining us on today's episode really enjoyed it. Oh, by the way, did you check out our awesome conversation we had yesterday with Robert Blackwell over at The Brian Nichols Show. We have a brand new show, surprise, surprise, The Brian Nichols Show right now we had Robert Blackwell, over from the the oh my goodness, my name just escaped me. What the heck is the name of the program? You're at the Alpha mission, there we go over at the Alpha mission. Yeah, go ahead and check that out. That was a great conversation. And folks, if you enjoyed that episode, please do me a favor, go ahead and give it a share. Because it was a blast it oh, by the way, I'll make sure I go ahead and see you over there. I'll include that link right here below for you in the show notes. But otherwise, that being said, Folks, thank you for joining us on today's episode. And oh, by the way, if you're over on the podcast version of the show, make sure you click the artwork and your podcast catcher. It'll bring you right to Brian Nichols show.com, where you can find the entire episode from today, as well as the entire transcript of the episode plus the entire video version of the show over on YouTube. Click that little subscribe button there when you're over on YouTube and that little notification bell so you don't miss a single time we go live. All right. That's all I got for you guys. Go have fun this weekend. With that being said it's Brian Nichols signing off. You're on The Brian Nichols Show. We'll see you tomorrow

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