This is the eighth installment in this series.
Lately, I have spoken to a number of budding racialists about their background, and I was surprised to discover the sheer number of them who came out of the libertarian movement. Personally, I have never been a libertarian and have been suspicious about the extremes of liberty since my college days. My own intellectual background is in communitarianism. It is the source of my deep skepticism about liberal political theory. For a number of years, I used the term “racial communitarian” to describe my views. This remains the essence of my philosophical outlook and often shines through in my posts about White Nationalism.
These conversations have convinced me of the necessity of going after libertarianism. The libertarians are diverting a lot of bright, young people into their movement with their false radicalism and populist, outsider style rhetoric. When you look at the American ideological scene, libertarianism has succeeded in positioning itself as the major challenger to the reigning progressive/conservative mainstream. In my previous post, I pointed to the success of the libertarians in rallying huge numbers of paleoconservatives and White Nationalists behind the Ron Paul movement.
So far, the most popular post I have done on this blog is Stuff Libertarians Hate about the decimation of North America’s indigenous wildlife at the hands of market hunters and private property owners. I have received more positive feedback about those two posts than anything else I have written. It resonated with a lot of my readers because of their background in libertarianism. The myth that a free market is better than state control at virtually every conceivable task has to be shattered.
Looking ahead, I am preparing for an extended, critical engagement with libertarianism over the course of the next year. In 2007, I had a long exchange with Lila Rajiva of Counterpunch about these issues in the first incarnation of Occidental Dissent. I’m planning to write a review of Tyler Cowen’s In Praise of Commercial Culture as part of this series. Further down the road, I will pen an essay on Libertarianism and Racial Nationalism for the TOQ Online essay contest.
In theory, a handful of libertarians could prove useful to us. In my next post, I will have a few comments on using cryptos and moles to undermine rival political movements from within.