Libertarians are often met with an ideological resistance from those on the left offering questions like, “But who will protect the environment?” or “What about those who can’t help themselves?”
Of course we can concoct a rebuttal with conventional political strategy by framing the issue, creating a scapegoat, or changing the subject altogether, but what some of the greatest pro-libertarian apologists have done is refer to a time of great humanity: when friends, family, churches, and community were (voluntarily) relied upon in times of need. The problem with this argument is that it is only lip-service to what many would describe as a context of long-abandoned social antiquity.
I am a volunteer at the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor, New Jersey.
For me, though, volunteerism is very much part of the present day. I volunteer at the Wetlands Institute for two big reasons: First, I love the creatures of this world. And second, it's my response to the question “What have we done to exemplify that our ideology is the opposite of uncaring?” I’ve always believed in leading by example, and I think that political and ideological change of the minds and hearts of those around us can best be achieved through action.
How does the old saying go? “Actions speak louder than words…”
This is my way of internally screaming, “YES I’m a libertarian and I care about the environment and the welfare of other living beings.” “YES I’m pro-capitalism and I’m volunteering my time & money at my own free will to