It's become quite a trend in recent years to self-identify as a "Libertarian." Some people simply have no clue what libertarianism is all about, some
narrowly focus on the aspects of the Libertarian platform with which they strongly agree, ignoring the rest and then others — the hardcore
Libertarians — are well read, do their research and make an informed choice to identify as Libertarians, choosing to reject criticisms and believe
that in the long run, the untested libertarian ideology is sound. The last group will be unmoved by anything I might have to say and though I disagree
with them on many issues, I respect their opinions.
I'd like to point out a few things would-be Libertarians may not realize.
Real Libertarians are fundamentally anarchists
Here are a couple quotes from some of the fathers of modern American Libertarianism:
"Rothbard was the architect of the body of thought known around the world as libertarianism. This radically anti-state political philosophy unites
free-market economics, a no-exceptions attachment to private property rights, a profound concern for human liberty, and a love of peace, with the
conclusion that society should be completely free to develop absent any interference from the state, which can and should be eliminated."
—Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr., Mises Daily
, April 08, 2005
"In trying freedom, in abolishing the State, we have nothing to lose and everything to gain."
—Murray N. Rothbard, For A New Liberty The Libertarian Manifest
Murray Rothbard of course didn't consider himself an anarchist while he drew much inspiration from many anarchists groups, he usually found some
aspect of them to be too socialist or too collectivist or too something, he even invented a term for somebody who wants to abolish government but
isn't an anarchist, nonarchist:
"Furthermore, we find that all of the current anarchists are irrational collectivists, and therefore at opposite poles from our position. We must
therefore conclude that we are not anarchists, and that those who call us anarchists are not on firm etymological ground, and are being completely
unhistorical. On the other hand, it is clear that we are not archists either: we do not believe in establishing a tyrannical central authority that
will coerce the noninvasive as well as the invasive. Perhaps, then, we could call ourselves by a new name: nonarchist."
—Murray N. Rothbard, writing pseudonymously as Aubrey Herbert in an unpublished article for Faith and Freedom
Most Libertarian ideologues are for open borders
This is one of the more entertaining ironies I come across when the same people who say things like, "Mexicans are taking our jobs," go on to identify
themselves as Libertarians.
"Libertarians advocate free immigration in part because immigration restrictions are highly inefficient. When economists try to measure the
deadweight loss immigration restrictions cause, they typically estimate that eliminating all immigration restrictions would double world GDP. That is,
we could add another $70 trillion to the world economy in a few years if only we liberalized immigration laws."
—Jason Brenan, Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know
, Oxford University Press (2012)
"Immigration laws deny very basic human rights: The right to accept a job offer from a willing employer and the right to rent an apartment from a
willing landlord. The predictable result for people born on the wrong side of the border is severe poverty and worse. This creates a strong moral
presumption against immigration restrictions."
—Bryan Caplan, Libetarian Economics professor at George Mason University, in a 2013 blog post.
Libertarians are anti-labor
In addition to promoting the abolition of any and all trade unions, and until the state itself can be dissolved, Libertarians want to do away with
anything that might stand between an employer and the exploitation of workers, including the abolition of OSHA, the NLRB, the repeal of the National
Labor Relations Act of 1935, the repeal of all minimum wage laws, etc. Not to mention that they are philosophically in favor of open borders precisely
because nobody should have the power to prevent businesses from choosing which employees they can hire.
"What is today euphemistically called the right to strike is in fact the right of striking workers, by recourse to violence, to prevent people who
want to work from working"
—Ludwig von Mises, Christian Economics
, April 28, 1964
"An employer should have the right to recognize, or refuse to recognize, a union as the collective bargaining agent of some, or all, of its
—National Platform of the Libertarian Party
A Libetarian ran the Fed from 1987 to 2006
I bring this up because a lot of "Libertarians," particularly Paulites and Ron Paul himself, rant on and on about the Fed. I actually agree but what
I'd like to point out is that Alan Greenspan has always described himself as a lifelong Libertarian. He is the most famous acolyte of Ayn Rand, having
been a part of her inner circle / pseduo-cult, "The Collective" in the 50's and 60's.
"Ayn Rand became a stabilizing force in my life. It hadn't taken long for us to have a meeting of the minds -- mostly my mind meeting hers -- and
in the fifties and early sixties I became a regular at the weekly gatherings at her apartment. She was a wholly original thinker, sharply analytical,
strong-willed, highly principled, and very insistent on rationality as the highest value."
—Alan Greenspan, The Age of Turbulence
Ronald Reagan appointed Greenspan to the chairmanship of the Federal Reserve in 1987, a position he held until his retirement in 2006. It bears
mentioning that Ayn Rand, sociopath and all around sh*t person, herself railed against Libertarians on numerous occasions but that's never stopped her
from being cited as an influence by a majority of modern American Libertarians... oh and Anton LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan (just a fun side
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