During the forced collectivisation of China’s “Great Leap Forward”, food production dropped sharply. But Communist Party officials inflated food statistics so they could argue there was no food shortage. The authorities exported grain while ordinary Chinese starved. “See, communism does work,” Mao Zedong would proclaim to the world.
Unfortunately, communist rationing of food had some side-effects:
Deaths were kept secret as long as possible. What food there was was distributed by the collective kitchen and generally one family member would be sent to collect the rations on behalf of the whole household. As long as the death of a family member was kept secret, the rest of the household could benefit from an extra ration. So the corpse would be kept in the hut. In Guangshan county, one woman with three children was caught after she had hidden the corpse of one of them behind the door and then finally, in desperation, had begun to eat it.
From this, we can derive a basic test that we should apply to all ideologies. It goes like this. Is the ideology likely to lead to mothers eating their own children? If so, the ideology is flawed. Pretty simple, really.
In the case of libertarianism, to the best of my knowledge, I believe the answer is “no”.