A startling percentage of "the people" do not seem to agree with this.
Good luck with that. If human beings have proven anything in their time together on this earth, it is surely how "voluntarily cooperative" they are prone to be.
This is indeed completely out of touch with reality, which damns it to complete irrelevance (but an irrelevance not at all atypical of the academically-self-indulgent). Your mental energies are surely better spent supporting (or developing) a system that is not as thoroughly oblivious to human nature.
Ironically enough, it is not at all clear to me how this definition of Libertarianism (which is "way more far right") differs substantially from a "loosely tied free organization, interlinked with other such organizations," which is your own enlightened position (and considerably far left, by your estimation).
In one case, traditional libertarianism refered to not having any sort of authority tell you what to do. In the case if US Liberaterians, if you get "government of your back", you have to deal with Buisness authority, which exists and is quite brutal. This is not to say that many aspects of Governments are quite harsh, but governments at least have the potential for Democratic reformation, coorperations next to zero.
As far as you calling my perspective completely out of touch with reality, I don't see it that way.
I think ideals of vouluntarily helping people are not completely alien to what human beings feel towards each other, however from that to forming a society of voluntary associations is a far step, education is needed, a democratic spirit, etc.
I don't think you have any better insights to what human nature is than anyone else, me included. You can argue people are selfish and arrogant, but they can also be the opposite, depending on the circumstances they find themselves in.
If I came out as "enlightened" I apologize, it's simply the way I feel my ideals strive to and I do not think, as I stated, that feeling compassion for others is completely alien at all.
I believe this is what Democratic Socialisim conists of, caring for other people.
And yes, I also agree with you saying that many people are now completely dissillusioned with the Democrats, and I agree.
But I don't think they used to represent at all, for example, what the FDR-type Democrats did.
In fact, if you look at the so called "Obamacare" it is extremely simialar to what the Republicans offered as an alternative to Clinton's universal healthcare program. So they also have shifted to the right.
Now, if you buy into the whole free market is the best ideology, then you have what we today, which is quite bad.