It is important to realize that libertarianism is not, nor is it intended to be, a complete moral theory. Much confusion will be prevented and many possible objections can be summarily deflected if this point is appreciated.
A society built solely on libertarian principles would be just but there can be few libertarians who would see the libertarian principle as the end of a complete human life and not just as the minimal preconditions for such a life.
Much of the resistance to libertarian anarchic proposals stems from a genuine inability on the part of one’s audience to entertain such proposals as serious alternatives to the status quo.
— Gerard Casey, Libertarian Anarchy Against the State
Lately there has been the gathering force of dissidents on the Alt. Right that have banded together to create a new political ideology in American politics known as neoreactiony.
In a nutshell, they are the domestic blowback of multiculturalism, egalitarianism, socialism, and communism. They’re a rebellion against the cuckservatives who have backstabbed their own people time and time again. Although neocreactionaries make race a strong focus of their mission, the emphasis, I believe, is actually on culture. When it comes to their politics, it is heavily ethno-centric. Their two top biggest priorities without question are borders and immigration, hence their support for Trump.
Above all else, they hate politically correctness, particularly when it comes to discussion of racial politics, crime stats, connection between genetics and IQs, and biological differences between men and women. Although not all of them hail from the Manosphere, many of the ideas they propagate originated there.
As this ideology has developed, its adherents have taken shots at libertarianism for what they perceive to be major flaws in the philosophy.
This video neatly summarizes their sentiment.
The problem is many of the criticisms made in the video – including the claim libertarians are anti-authority, conflating society with the state, the tired fallacy of calling Ayn Rand a libertarian when she literally created her own ideology, Objectivism – don’t really address libertarianism itself; it’s those who have made a vice a defining aspect of the philosophy or insisted their leftist “thickism” be included as a trademark of it.
One wonders, however, if the video’s creator seems to be saying (I think this is indicative of many neoreactionaries) isn’t that they are opposed to libertarianism itself; what caused them to reject the label are the charlatans, shysters, fakes, and frauds trying to hijack the term and insisting that we add all sorts of additional beliefs on top of the NAP (same-sex marriage acceptance, weed, libertinism, sexual promiscuity). Driven out of the one movement they felt welcome in, they’ve created their own ideology
What’s funny is that he seems to admit as much in the description (emphasis added):
I should note that I don’t hate paleolibertarians/Hoppeans, having identified as one myself just a year or two ago. But ultimately I think socially conservative/race realist ancaps need to realize that once you put retarded methodological individualism aside, a state starts to look A LOT more necessary, particularly as regards the border.
Still, the real target of this video is more the SJWs and autists who have taken over Libertarianism since Ron Paul 2012 failed, and what is now the Alt Right left for greener pastures in reactionary/identitarian politics..
The trouble with this reasoning is that nocreactionaries believe their values and beliefs are mutually exclusive to libertarianism, when they’re not. None of the cultural, social beliefs neoreactionaries hold contradict libertarianism; but they also aren’t distinctly libertarian. Where they go wrong is believing the state can be used to fix the very problems it created. They’re literally accepting what Gerard Casey refers to in Libertarian Anarchy as “the myth of the necessity of the state.”
I’m not opposed to neoreactionary’s ideas as much as the conclusion its adherents have arrived at, chiefly that libertarianism must be abandoned in favor of taking over the state power currently available. They mistakenly believe they must accept leftist ideology if they’re to also accept libertarianism.
What they don’t seem to realize is that people who place weed legalization as the highest political end aren’t libertarians. Open borders to a welfare state is not the libertarian stance. Today’s immigration is not so much about freedom of movement as it is forced integration in order to change the voter demographics. There is nothing libertarian about allowing or tolerating political correctness in society to the point where we have an affirmative action democracy in which candidates who get less votes are “appointed” in order that all ethnic groups are elected “equally.”
Furthermore, the video’s creator expresses attitudes and sentiments that many libertarians like myself agree with; that not all groups equally believe in freedom and this has consequences when you live under the thumb of the state. Because we live in a democracy where our neighbors can deprive us of our rights, we are justified in seeking to limit those allowed into our communities. People who enter your community and take away your rights are invaders.
To any neoreactionary who might read this, I would merely ask that you consider the following words written by a “libertarian” about men like Lew Rockwell and Ron Paul.
The version of libertarianism preached by these people is dying, because it’s the ideology of a dying (and rightfully so) demographic. Whether we let them take the entire movement down with them, or whether we make ourselves relevant to a larger world of people outside a tiny privileged group, is up to us.
In case you missed the subtlety, the “rightfully dying demographic” is white men.
Consider that Ron Paul himself was informed in an open letter that people like him and their religion, their culture, their morals, and their ethnic heritage had no place in the progressive libertarian plans for a glorious metropolitan, cosmopolitan, multicultural, egalitarian libertine world of tomorrow. Not only must they die, but the impending death must be celebrated. The problem is not libertarianism. The problem is the leftist infiltrators and fifth columnists who claim to hold The Truth.
Consider that those who insist you adhere to the NAP actually reject it when it doesn’t conform to The Vision™.
Consider the Faustian deal you’re wanting to make with the state. Consider the dangers history has shown of turning to the state to solve these problems when it is responsible for all of them.
More importantly, consider that the values and beliefs you hold do not require the state because they more or less conform to the natural state of things.
Consider there is nothing contradictory about the idea of a neoreactionary libertarian.
Having said that, I don’t really have much heart for criticizing neo-reactionary supporters because their criticism of libertarianism has little to do with libertarianism. They’re also not the cause of the problems libertarians face. I see them as a product of relentless, continuous persecution on the part of cultural Marxists who run the Establishment and are trying to destroy the liberty movement through treachery and deceit.
Neoreactionaries feel as though they’ve tried everything. They voted for the cuckservative candidates who betrayed them and sold out their country and their freedoms for Judas silver. They sought the support of the trad cons in the conservative movement, who instead of holding the line in the culture war spent just as much time telling them to “man up” as they enabled leftist destruction of marriage and the family. Many of them are members of the New Lost Generation. They’re blamed for everything they didn’t do, had no control over, and weren’t responsible for. Or for things that don’t even exist, like rape culture. Their speech is monitored and censored in public. Their race and gender is mocked and ridiculed. For decades they’ve been told they must allow themselves to be politically cuckholded and placate people who hate them and want them dead.
All I can say is when these people form a true nationalist movement in this country, gain power, and start campaigns of violence against their enemies, I won’t condone it or support it, but neither will I shed a tear for many of their victims. Because before it happened I understood why it would happen, and how easily it could have been prevented.
I will be writing a followup post on what I believe to be a possible libertarian solution to our current predicament.