Libertarians Need To Work on Remaining Relevant

Libertarians Need To Work on Remaining Relevant

We libertarians have to step up our game. Libertarians love to talk about the detrimental effects of fractional reserve banking and similar minutiae while the world burns. Why are we doing this? Because it’s safe. It’s the same reason feminists focus almost all their criticism on the most egalitarian counties in the world instead of the real patriarchal oppression in the Islamic world. It’s easy to go after nice people. They simply take it without pushing back. Look at the recent Battle of Berkeley. Antifa got hit on the nose by people that were willing to stand up for themselves. This will have consequences. The more timid members of Antifa will probably drop future opportunities to protest and harass. The hard-core is likely to increase their degree of violence and further escalate tensions.
The US presidential campaign of 2016 was great for many reasons. Going beyond the euphoria of seeing Hillary’s life ambition denied to her, the election was useful in highlighting important issues not talked about by libertarians. I include myself among the crowd that previously would have been happy to spout the “party line” on issues such as immigration. In a perfect libertarian society there would be no borders, so obviously we should advocate for that approach now under the current statist paradigm. I have since then become educated about demographics and today disavow that stance. As long as we have a state imposing its will through monopolistic force I have opinions on who should be able to join our Western society. If we are to maintain our intellectual impact we need to issue a collective apology to Hans Hermann Hoppe and clarify the distinction between what we advocate for now under the state and what we eventually want in a free society.
For a movement with so many tech-savvy members we are lagging behind in our adoption of modern techniques of reaching out. There is nothing wrong with books. I personally love books and I’m an avid reader. But we must acknowledge that all (or almost all) the necessary books on libertarianism have already been written. The arguments could be refined a bit, but the essential arguments are ready. They have been ready for some time. Ludwig von Mises wrote a book destroying socialism almost a century ago. We have the arguments, we just need to proliferate them. That should be our focus. I would strongly encourage my fellow liberty-lovers to follow the example of Stefan Molyneux, Paul Joseph Watson and others. Go full throttle and utilize the opportunities made available by the cross-polination between libertarians and the non-establishment right. Trump’s campaign and presidency have opened the door, we need to do the rest.
Gary “Aleppo” Johnson. Libertarians need to recognize that we are not about winning elections. Our purpose must remain to spread the ideas and philosophy of liberty to the people of the world. The Libertarian Party in the US is a good case study. What have they accomplished after 40 years in existence? Compromising their values on some recent presidential nominees and being remembered for a naked goy streaking across the stage at their convention. Insert facepalm here. I share Molyneux’s sentiment that time is limited. We no longer have the time to play around with economic minutiae. Saving Western culture and society must be our highest priority. If we fail here, we will never ever convince enough people of the correctness of freedom. The soil will no longer be fertile for the seeds of liberty.

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