Saturday, February 8, 2014
Libertarianism: Once more unto the breach
Frequent commenter Cleophus posted this comment in response to my post announcing a permanent Rebellion link to a libertarian web site: "It's nice to see that you are coming closer and closer to our way of thinking, 'Ole Reb! One day soon you'll wake up and realize that you're a conservative Libertarian! Come on in, the water's fine!" Sorry, Cleophus. Ain't happening. Libertarians are too far out there for me. Even in the post you responded to, I noted, "Not sure what their stance is on immigration and border security, but I've long advocated that like-minded activists can work together for shared goals despite differences." And libertarians are pro-open borders. They believe that society does not exist, and that only the autonomous individual has a legitimate claim to rights. I've dealt with that claim before and see no need to do it again. I will add this: Libertarianism is self-contradictory. There's a cartoon floating around on the web that shows a man contemplating the globe. The caption reads: "Libertarians: Diligently plotting to take over the world and leave you alone." Yes, that's a problem. As the method actor objected, "What's my motivation?" The motivation Libertarians claim is self-defeating. Marxists and imperialists are driven by naked power. Nationalists, on the other hand, seek to preserve their own kind. And despite the Marxists' shrill assertions, they have not an ounce of science or history on their side. We nationalists have Sociobiology as well as the historical record on our side. I'll put those against airy theories any day.
Posted by Old Rebel at Saturday, February 08, 2014