An Appeal to All Trump Supporters

I have something to say to all those who plan on voting for Trump this upcoming presidential election.

But first, story time.

Last weekend I got to spend a few days in the mountains. After my hikes I went back into the nearby town to hoist a few (or many) brews, enjoy good food, and chew the fat with the locals (most of whom recognize me now; guess I’m distinctive-looking).

At one restaurant, I was nursing my drink when an old man and younger man came to the bar where I was sitting. I moved to the next stool give them the ones in the corner so they could sit together. The old man thanked me with a thick German accent. Curious, I inquired where he was from, unsurprised when he told me he was from Germany. The Ruhr region, to be exact.

Somehow we got into the discussion of the migrant crisis. Not being an autistic libertarian, I politely explained my concerns that such a huge migration would come at the expense of the German people, and even if it should happen, assimilation wasn’t being emphasized when it should. He didn’t give an opinion, at that time at least, but said he didn’t know what to believe.

I kept insisting regardless it should not happen at the expense of German culture, language, traditions, and so such.

Then it got interesting.

The 80-year-old man revealed that during World War II he had been in the Hitler Youth. By the time he turned ten in 1945, mere boys were sent off to fight because all the older men had been killed. He was not spared from this. Given a rifle, he was told to shoot at American GIs approaching with the Third Army. Either he wasn’t a good shot, he didn’t see any troops to shoot at, or the GIs didn’t consider him a threat worthy of killing (ironically, I recently got the chance to talk to a GI who landed at Omaha and fought with Patton and was part of the German post-war occupation).

After the war, this former Hitler Youth found himself in East Germany, stuck behind the Iron Curtain until his family could arrange his transfer back to the West.

Two fascinating things struck me about the conversation.

One, when he offered me his hand I took it without hesitation. Years ago, I might not have as a political statement. Knowing what I know now of life, however, it seems rather absurd to hold his past against him. He was ten, and he didn’t have a choice about joining the Hitler Youth, and it wasn’t like his refusing to not fight meant the bombs would stop dropping on his country. What exactly what he was supposed to do? (I did tell him he should have shot in the other direction at the communists, though).

Two, he then said something very interesting about the migrant crisis. He said that the country needed them.

You know, Germany is a dying civilization.” His exact words.

They aren’t having enough kids, he added.

I didn’t get a chance to offer my (still tactful) perspective as to how the state might have played a role in this before he left with the other man for his table, but what he said stuck with me the rest of my trip.

An Appeal to Trump Supporters

Now, what does this have to do with Trump?

Look, I get it. I really do. I know why you support Trump. I don’t blame you for enjoying what he’s done so far to the Establishment, that he’s willing to reach out to those Whom You Must Not Speak To and say Things You Must Not Say.

I appreciate the appeal of seeing him get into power and lay hurt on people who hate us and want to destroy our culture. I know you want America to be great again. I know how dire our situation is. I know that drastic times call for drastic measures.

Really, if I hadn’t swallowed the libertarian red pill I might be among you.

But I did. And the truth isn’t always pleasant. Or easy.

Consider that seventy years ago, this old man I spoke to was a young product of a movement that also sought to use the state to protect their culture. By the time he picked up that rifle, he had been thoroughly educated by the state, raised by the state, trained by the state, to think exactly as he was taught. I’m sure plenty of Germans supported the Nazis during their rise to power, despite some of their unsettling ideas, in the sincere belief that whatever their faults they would restore the German nation following the humiliation and starvation of the Great War. At the time, in that context, it makes sense for them to be tolerant of Nazi ideology when they were the only ones willing to stand up to the injustice inflicted on them through the Treaty of Versailles.

But do you think the situation in 1945, when this boy picked up that rifle, was what they had in mind when they elected the Nazis and then allowed Hitler to take over? Instead of preserving the culture he exploited it, along with their legitimate grievances, for his own ends, and to his fate. The country and culture were dealt an even worse blow. Millions more died and were murdered outright. Their cultural buildings and centers were destroyed by Allied bombings, and their culture itself was permanently scarred by an association with national socialism.

Rather than protect it, the state did the exact opposite. It destroyed it and left in the ashes survivors with no stomach to continue defending the culture, even when it should be.

Seventy years later, this man, a product of this movement, offered moral support for what will be the destruction of his country while I, someone who has never set foot in Germany and doesn’t speak the language, was standing up for the culture because I wasn’t a product of the same movement.

The irony is that the culture is dying precisely because too Germans are like him and don’t believe it is worth protecting. I can’t know his heart, but my guess is there was always a fear that defending what he believed would result in the same atrocities as before.

Do not turn to the state to solve problems the state created in the first place. Do not make this deal. Do not turn to these people to save us.

Whatever the hardship it requires, we must find a way to protect our way of life without the state and its adherents.

I’m all for cheering him when he (metaphorically) decapitates our enemies and thrusts their severed heads on pikes. But just because a wild animal devours your natural predator doesn’t mean he won’t devour you, too.

If we take this route you are embarking on, our culture will suffer a similar fate as that of the old German I spoke with. It won’t end the exact same way, of course, but our culture cannot survive in the long run if we entrust its preservation to the state.

No, I’m not equating Trump with Hitler or you reactionaries with brown shirts. I empathize with many of you and share your grievances. My enemies are your enemies. Your cause is my cause. I have suffered, too, and want justice. If I could look into a crystal ball and see that only our enemies suffered from such a presidency, I might be writing a different article right now. I have no concern for the guilty, for those who seek to do us harm.

I only care about the future of our culture, for libertarianism itself, and I do not trust this man, or any one man, to protect it through the state in such a centralized manner.

I’m not advocating we let the state continue to abuse us. I’m not advocating we let ourselves be politically cuckolded further. I’m not recommending we elect another milquetoast Republican. I’m not saying we should let things remain as they are, that we should stand idle while Rome burns. I’m not saying we should “man up” and adhere to the cultural Marxist version of marriage and let them indoctrinate our children in their reeducation camps.

And I’m not certainly not in disagreement with Rothbard when he wrote “the proper strategy of libertarians and paleos is a strategy of “right-wing populism.”

What I’m saying is that libertarianism is as concerned with the means as it is the ends, and as long as there is a better means to the same end we have to take it. We cannot expect someone, anyone, to wield the Ring of Power and use it for good. We have to destroy it, if for no other reason than to ensure that our enemies cannot use it against us.

Consider what Daniel Ellsberg, the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers, said in 1998.

The public is lied to every day by the president, by his spokespeople, by his officers. If you can’t handle the thought that the president lies to the public for all kinds of reasons, you couldn’t stay in the government at that level….

This is what we’re going to get no matter who is elected. George W. Bush declared in the 2000 election he was going to get us out of meddling in foreign countries and adopt a non-interventionist policy. Consider how (in)accurately that matched what he actually did once he was in office.

I’m not saying you’re going too far.

You’re not going far enough.

If we cannot find a better alternative to electing one more Caesar to rule over us in the hope that he, unlike all his predecessors, will keep his campaign promises and utilize the state against our enemies, then the situation is far more hopeless than I imagined. If we have reached that point, then there is still a better way, and frankly I’ll take my chances exercising that ultimate right, however grim the odds, before turning to the state to solve our problems. The state is the problem.

Make no mistake. We may ultimately have to resort to violence and deadly force, if need be, to protect our freedoms. I hope it doesn’t come to it, but I can’t ignore how quickly things are escalating, how quickly the remaining ramparts of social and cultural order are collapsing.

I’m preparing for the worst.

Better to drop out now, while we can.

Soon I’ll be posting an article on alternative route, the path less traveled by. It will make all the difference.

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12 Responses to An Appeal to All Trump Supporters

  1. D says:

    Oddly enough I have a similar story. My Opa was also in the Hitler Youth but his father was a communist. He went to work with his older sister one day at a train station outside of buchenwald and saw a train full of bodies. After his dad found out he pulled him out of the HY. He never had nothing but great things to say about the Russians after they occupied East Germany but despite this he eventually decided to leave for West Germany. After several failed attempts he finally made it across. Growing up I remember him always having a lot of pride in German culture and its probably the reason I love germany so much. That is also why the last twenty years have been so difficult, watching them hand everything over to the turks, then the italiens, then the poles and russians and now any muslim who wants entry. I tried talking to my uncle about this, and my whole german family is essentially socialist at this point, but they think bringing in the refugees is the greatest idea since sliced bread.
    I told them the same concerns you expressed and got the same answer. They need more people. I tried explaining that that is the problem with socialism, you will always need more and more people, but they have no conceptual understanding of what I’m trying to explain. In their world you are either on the left or you are a Nazi. Its the only way they can view the world.
    There is no way you can explain austrian economics to them or the NAP. They just don’t get it. I don’t know why that is; why they can’t conceptualize what I say.
    They can’t even grasp that their extreme green party views conflict with socialisms ever growing need for more and more people.
    But yes, instead of saying, after the war, that having some pride in your culture is good but extreme nationalism is bad, they went the whole other direction. Even though most of my family was born after WW2 they still basically hate themselves. Even when the world cup is going on you see more people wearing brazilian jerseys than german.

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    • The Question says:

      Thanks for sharing about your family. It’s good to know the man I spoke to wasn’t an anomaly in his opinions.

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      • D says:

        No, he wasn’t. You have to understand that in Germany, before the rise of the internet, your news options ranged from middle of the road to far left. There was no right, they consider middle of the road to be the right. Gen X and Y was raised by parents who had this outlook on the world, that combined with the lack of german language libertarian sources means that they generally feel the same way.

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  2. As Uar Iam says:

    Trumps’ election, would signal the end of life as we know it. #NOTHINGMatters

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  3. D says:

    Im not sure Trumps election would be any different than any other candidate. Once in office they all pretty much do the same thing. I don’t see a whole lot of difference between bush and obama, to be honest. I think Trump is just saying things to get elected, like all politicians, he is just better at it than they are, or his timing is better, in any case…
    If we take a couple of steps back, and look at the larger trend, then we do begin to see a general swing of the pendulum getting wider and wider. Meaning Trump can only get elected now because of obama, and obama was only able to get elected because of Bush, and so on. The question is, if Trump were elected, which I do not believe he will be, then who will the left elect next time, after trump, since it will be their turn…

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    • The Question says:

      Im not sure Trumps election would be any different than any other candidate. Once in office they all pretty much do the same thing. I don’t see a whole lot of difference between bush and obama, to be honest. I think Trump is just saying things to get elected, like all politicians, he is just better at it than they are, or his timing is better, in any case

      This is an excellent point. My fear is that libertarians, reactionaries, the Alt. Right and others are throwing their support behind him and focusing on him rather than promoting their ideas. Reactionaries have a great thing going; I think they’re more radical than the Tea Party ever was and could really provide an impetus for reducing the state, but it will hijacked by the state just like the Tea Party movement if they decide to go with this whole “fashism” idea. Also, if Trump gets associated in any way with libertarianism it will set back the philosophy for years, possibly forever, just as anything of German culture is smeared as being Nazi.

      Whatever he does when elected, the Alt. Right should focus on getting the state out of our lives and promoting Western culture.

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      • A.B. Prosper says:

        The .alt right welcomes Libertarians and believes mostly in personal liberty but they aren’t a Libertarian movement and most assuredly aren’t Economic Liberals

        As such, they aren’t natural allies for the LP, though unlike the Democrats they aren’t opposed the the Rights of Freemen and the like.

        Though to say the Alt Right is doing very well in the promotion department, better than I would have though possible .Thanks to the Internet they have made more progress in the last 5 years than Pat Buchanan did in many many decades

        Heck Hillary Clinton who could be the next POTUS (shudder) mentioned it by name in her speech considering them rightly as the greatest threat her ideology faces. That is huge and in some respects far more important than Trump a man who win or lose has done his job and shifted the Overton Window rightward

        In the end if the .Alt Right gets power it won’t be an Libertarian Paradise or some small state dream but it will be a much better place to be a Libertarian so its wise if the party, small as it is, considers its options and when logical supports the .alt right who on its bad days is not much less Libertarian than your own Presidential Candidate

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      • The Question says:

        Though to say the Alt Right is doing very well in the promotion department, better than I would have though possible .Thanks to the Internet they have made more progress in the last 5 years than Pat Buchanan did in many many decades

        Libertarians need to sit back and take notes. This is how it’s done. A couple of sarcastic Twitter handles have influenced politics more with memes than 1,000 ground breaking treaties. The problem isn’t a lack of intellectual depth but the fact that the average person won’t read it.

        The Alt. Right knows how to fight.

        In the end if the .Alt Right gets power it won’t be an Libertarian Paradise or some small state dream but it will be a much better place to be a Libertarian so its wise if the party, small as it is, considers its options and when logical supports the .alt right who on its bad days is not much less Libertarian than your own Presidential Candidate

        Hard to speculate what would happen if the Alt. Right ever got into power but it probably emphasize economic protectionism, non-interventionism, and restrictions on immigration. Sadly, it’d be preferable to what the Johnson would most likely offer.

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