It appears…Libertarianism suffers from confusion and misunderstanding. We must ask: Is it just another establishment conspiracy to appease the lovers of personal liberty and economic freedom…or does it soar as the “Real McCoy.”
For example a reader on Reddit expressed the following thoughtful concerns about my unimpressive response.
“This is the answer I have gotten every time I have spoken with a libertarian about this: that there’s nothing that can be done to right a wrong perpetrated years ago, and that I’m vaguely racist (“get beyond the racial….”) for suggesting that we should do so.
But due to racist government policy during the 20th century, there is a serious disparity in real estate ownership in this country. What is the first step in achieving the American Dream? Buying a house. Libertarians I’ve spoken to are happy to maintain a pool of minority renters for the properties they inherited from parents and grandparents, all of whom were given federal loans, while minorities were not. This means redistribution/reparations are necessary.
“Take my property over my dead body!” Libs say, even though very little to no concessions will need to be made by the middle class, it’s the RICH who will be mostly affected.
“But the government has proven itself inept! We can’t give them MORE power to redistribute!” they say. It’s a fair point. But does that mean we just ignore the extreme inequity that is the current situation? Of course not. A wrong has been perpetrated on a significant portion of the population. It needs to be righted.
According to an article that came out today, upwards of 80% of Americans are living at or near the property line. If people are unable to pay for their basic needs in an already unfair and unbalanced system, how on earth can we assume it will right itself with no human intervention?
So, there is the long version of what I wrote above. If a Libertarian can give me a viable solution, and not repeat that it can’t be done, I’m happy to listen. Until then, I’m convinced capitalism IS the problem, and not the solution.
PS: Libs believe everything should be privatized, including our national parks. That is what I mean about Pepsi.
We have an issue, government created, right now, today, that has to be righted. Why are so few blacks Libertarians? Because they failed to benefit from these policies that have put Libs ahead of them! Invariably, Libs have something tangible of value that was gained from the free 40+ years head start they were granted, but refuse to see how that value being leveraged to greater value has put minorities in a position where they can NEVER catch up. Minorities are too busy spinning their wheels paying rents to people who got that head start (along with a pathetic public education that maintains their financial ignorance).”
In Part 2…I will address capitalism. Part 1 deals with libertarian ideology. I hope my analysis answers the above concerns.
Once upon a time almost everyone knew Libertarianism as Classical Liberalism. Now the connection is all but forgotten. What happened?
You may have no idea that…before the early part of the 20th century the word liberal described the philosophy of free enterprise, personal liberty, economic freedom and individualism. This wasn’t to everyone’s liking…especially those who wished to impose their socialist utopias on the rest of us.
The liberty-violators knew they had to turn people away from Classical Libertarianism.
You are probably wondering how the would-be Utopian attempted to achieve his lofty goal. Well, he resorted to what George Orwell in his great book “1984” calls doublespeak. The enemies of liberty and freedom cleverly perverted the meaning of liberal…transforming it into the opposite of classical liberalism. Now we call statists, socialists, fascists and big government supporters liberals or progressives…instead of conservative reactionaries…which stands out as the realistic term.
The reader from Reddit mentions, the disparity in real estate ownership due to racist government policy. He would also like to “right the wrongs” of the past.
Classical liberals believed the government’s only function was to protect the individual’s life, liberty and property…which requires only a limited government. A racist government stumbles well beyond this.
When it comes to “righting wrongs” a major problem exists. Pseudo-liberals think from a collective point of view…looking at minorities as a race instead of unique individuals. That’s one reason we continually suffer from racial tensions.
Libertarians and Objectivists who act from the wisdom of Classical Liberalism see each man and woman as an individual. Really…we’re not bees or ants…although the Elite and its Soldiers attempt to keep us stuck in the Hive Mind Mentality.
Incidentally true libertarians come from all aspects of life. These supporters of the individual can exist as professionals or live the Bohemian lifestyle. The Father of Libertarianism…the great economist Ludwig von Mises never acquired great riches. He cared most about his intellectual pursuits. In addition, he called himself a Classical Liberal. As mentioned Ayn Rand considered herself an Objectivist…not a Libertarian.
Is it possible the Libertarian Party is a conspiracy of the Elite? After all, its candidates are expected to siphon off votes from conservative republicans. Can you see…the effort rates as a dismal failure. The 3rd party receives an embarrassing amount of votes. Apparently, blacks, whites and Hispanics completely ignore it—thinking it represents whacked out stuff. That attitude comes courtesy the Soldiers of the Elite…especially the Mainstream Press.
Has the obvious problem with redistribution and reparations occurred to you? The government possesses no legitimate wealth of its own. It will have to either raise taxes on innocent citizens or create the money out of thin air…or both. Isn’t it apparent schemes such as these always fail. Look at the mess were in because of the Federal Reserve scams of QE and ZIRP. They’re destroying the middle class. Taxes siphon off the wealth of the marketplace…cause a lower productivity of labor. Governments never efficiently use the taxpayers money. It goes down a bureaucratic rat hole. Only free individuals possess the ability to improve economic and social injustice. However, you can’t force them to do it.
Incidentally, the Fed’s schemes to encourage people to buy houses they couldn’t afford…ended rather badly…and always will.
Here’s a fact. There are no viable government solutions. Government interventionism fails miserably…and eventually destroys civilizations.
The Ayn Rand Influence
Ayn Rand stands tall as the mother of Libertarianism…although she didn’t like it. She considered libertarians undisciplined hippies…enemies of the disciplined mind. Her marvelous philosophy of Objectivism relies on the virtue of reason and disdains most spiritual paths. That’s why many people find it cold-hearted and unfeeling. Go to an Objectivist meeting and encourage the participants to engage in some Zen meditations.
Does that make you wonder if…members of the Elite helped create Libertarianism as an antidote to Ayn Rand’s Objectivism? Once again we see a possible conspiracy to empower fake liberalism in order to disarm Classical Liberalism.
I admit Atlas Shrugged remains one of my favorite books of all time. It’s a masterpiece.
When it was published in 1957, the establishment ridiculed Ayn Rand’s masterpiece as cartoonish and unrealistic. You know, clear-cut heroes and villains. How rude of her to distinguish the difference between good and evil. Tragically, in our morally hazy environment of government interventionism where anything goes…the attitude of her critics becomes understandable. Enemies of life, liberty and property rights certainly prefer nothing should be pure, clear-cut or honest. I guess these parasites don’t believe…they indulge in selfishness. After all, aren’t Social Altruists loving, giving people. Yeah, but only if they can confiscate the love and giving from someone else.
The weakness of Atlas Shrugged seems to be its indifference to middle class people of average skills and abilities. In his great masterpiece Human Action, the great economist Ludwig von Mises conclusively demonstrated that value is subjective. It’s not our place to tell someone what he should or should not like. Still, Rand’s glorification of the best men and women can be remains unsurpassed. The productive individual gains and keeps values.
Anyway, here it is more than 59 years later…Ayn Rand looks like a prophet and Atlas Shrugged her prophecy. I’m sure this undeniable fact drives her critics up a wall. Certainly, they attempt to remain in denial…as witnessed by their absurd economics policies…policies that destroy the delicate fabric of Western Civilization.
Are you beginning to notice…that’s the way the Elite and its Soldiers want it. From the ashes of Western Civilization rise the monstrosity of fascism.
Libertarianism resulted from the attempt to rescue Classical Liberalism from the grip of its enemies. Unfortunately, despite the fact it has scored some victories…it has failed to convince most men and women of the virtues of personal liberty and economic freedom.
The libertarian movement suffers from a major flaw. It has become rigid…and even worse…like an exclusive social club. I’ve been writing articles for almost a decade. The result: The libertarian aristocracy has completely ignored me. Maybe, its members consider me a second-rate hack. Who knows? I wonder how many other aspiring libertarians feel the same way.
Is it possible the libertarian establishment enjoys living on the outside…looking in? Savvy marketers know you can enjoy success by appealing to a small niche. In addition, elitism means only a few intellectually qualify to join the upper echelon of the libertarian movement.
We can conclude…libertarianism was not created by the Elite and its Soldiers, but still suffers from elitism. However, its power comes no where close to matching the power the 0.1% of the real Elite enjoys.
RA Meyer – The Objectivist Warrior Masters the Social Maze