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American Libertarianism vs. European Libertarianism

Often there is confusion over American libertrianism and its lesser-known European variant. Libertarian-socialists like Noam Chomsky will give talks describing how Americans have hijacked libertarianism.

American libertarianism can be summed up succinctly as ‘maximizing individual freedom by minimizing government’. The British version/definition of libertarianism, which is related to libertarian-socialism, is more confusing and archaic, dating to Adam Smith, the intellectual forebear of ‘classical liberalism’, who advocated both free markets and government spending and welfare. European-libertarians seek to use government to maximize collective individual liberty and choice. Requiring a baker to make a same-sex wedding cake is justified if it increases ‘total liberty/freedom’, whereas such a mandate (or any mandate) is antithetical to American-libertarianism. European-libertarianism justifies inconveniencing one person (the baker) if it increases the choices of multiple people who want a same-sex cake.

Zerohedge, Trump and Anti-Establishment Liberalism

In response to a reporter being choke-slammed at a Trump rally, ‘Tyler Durden’ of Zerohedge writes:

Last week, in what some view as a prelude to a fascist future for America, Trump suggested he would change libel laws in order to give himself greater scope to sue journalists who pen negative articles about him

This affirms what I suspected for years that Zerohedge is run by leftists or at least some variant of Chomskyesque socialist libertarianism. They whine about the national debt, Wall St. being rigged, banker meanies, and ‘big bad trump’[1], etc. Zerohedge envisages a ‘recessionary utopia’, where bubbles never form, where there is no national debt yet abundance for everyone, where stocks don’t go up too much, where despite the permanent recession banks are always able to pay 5% interest on deposits but inflation is otherwise nonexistent (the joke, of course, is that such an economy cannot exist), where wealth is only accumulated in ways they approve of (which excludes banking and speculation), where everything is transacted in gold, and society somehow reverses to a simpler, idyllic, more ‘wholesome’ state spared of all greed, excess, and irrational exuberance. In 2009, Zerohedge heavily promoted Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi, a leftist who achieved fame for his expositions against Goldman Sachs. Recall that Rolling Stone was behind 2014 UVA rape hoax. In March 2012, Taibbi wrote an obituary in Rolling Stone, titled “Andrew Breitbart: Death of a Douche.”

Sanders, who wants to spread your wealth if you make too much money, is much more ‘fascist’ than Trump, who wants hard-working people to keep what is rightfully theirs. But, according the left, disposing of an unruly reporter makes one a ‘fascist’. Zerohedge is good controlled opposition, a way of pushing the ‘right’ to support libertarian variants of socialism. These types of leftists, related to post-structuralism and the Frankfurt School, tend to promote ‘blank slate‘ views of humanity, where no one is intrinsically better than anyone else and differences in outcomes are attributable to environmental factors such as ‘racism’ and unfair advantages owing to class differences, not genes. Examples of such thinkers include Slavoj Zizek [2], Foucault, and Jean-François Lyotard. They reject ‘grad theories’ and reductionist views of humanity, including economics-based/orthodox Marxism, Fascism, Democracy and The Enlightenment. This is similar to Zero Hedge, which also has very anti-establishment views. Although Trump is running (and perceived) as an ‘anti-establishment’ candidate, his policies themselves are too ‘structural’. They, these socialist libertarian leftists, despise the idea of any semblance of ‘favoritism’ or ‘elitism’, be it biological (HBD/IQ) or economic (crony capitalism, bank bailouts, etc). Although NRx is anti-democracy, which I agree with, it’s also elitist and pro-’structure’. The far-left, on the other hand, are anti-democracy because they view democracy as too elitist, too structural, or not leftist enough, whereas we view it as too liberal. The far-left seeks disorder, a society devoid of hierarchies and ‘order’ – be it biological, cultural, or economic.

Zerohedge, along with liberals and turncoats like David Stockman, Karl Denninger, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Peter Schiff, Bruce Bartlett, Zerohedge writer and Sanders supporter Phil (who rails against low wages and the fed), and Charles Hugh Smith, always blame Wall St., the fed, or some ‘shadow entity’, never individuals, in agreement with the left, who are always looking for ‘villains’ to explain-away differences in socioeconomic outcomes and why some groups of people are always falling behind. Some blame ‘broken families’ for underachievement, but even that has a biological component.

[1] To my surprise, it seems some on on the ‘NRx-sphere’ want Trump to lose because he won’t collapse the system fast enough but rather keep it hobbling along:

The fear among reactionaries is that Trump will take a fundamentally evil, unsustainable, and spiritually/morally broken system that is in the process of self-destructing and fix it *just* enough to keep it limping along a few more decades, neither fixing its basic flaws nor allowing it to collapse so that something better can rise from its ashes. This is what Gorbachev tried and failed to do in the Soviet Union of the 1980s. It’s what Deng Xiaopeng tried and succeeded at doing in China. Decades later, China is stuck with an evil, but still functional government that keeps limping along because Deng fixed it *just* enough to keep it going indefinitely.
That seems like a pretty unpleasant prospect to me.

However, there is no guarantee that collapse will usher in the right-wing government many seek, but rather the opposite as history has shown in several instances: The 30′s, with FDR rising to power during the depths of the Great Depression. Obama in 2008 and 2012 in the aftermath of the financial crisis and the backlash against Bush. And the biggest ones of all: the French Revolution and the English Civil War. And probably the America Revolution, too. All three overthrew monarchies. The Chinese Civil War of the early 1900′s, ushering Communism, overthrew the Qing dynasty.

The whole thing is confusing (because just a few months ago everyone seemed so resolutely pro-Trump) and ties into the differences between HRx and NRx, which I’ll discuss later.

[2] The far-left is renouncing Dr. Zizek for speaking the truth about liberalism, about how oppressed people are not always right. In 2014, I penned an encomium about Dr. Zizek, suspecting he was on ‘our’ side despite being branded as a ‘liberal’. His anti-PC idiosyncrasies go against he grain of liberal conformity and ‘social skills‘. The analogy about liberals being modern ‘Puritans’ seems apt, as liberals are always imposing their moral superiority, persecuting those who don’t conform. Rather than damnation, the punishment is losing your job, being forced to resign from academia, being blacklisted, etc. Like during the Salem Witch Trials, those targeted by the SJWs never get a fair shake and are presumed guilty rather than innocent until proven guilty.

Libertarianism and NRx/Dark Enlightenment

From The Right Stuff: Libertarianism and Marxism: The Twin Offspring of Liberalism

Hmmm…this may be a false equivalency. Libertarians believe in private property, personal autonomy (non-aggression principle), and the ‘ownership society’; Marxists, Communists, and Anarchists typically don’t.

The central underlying assumption of Marxism (and by extension, of all the SJW nonsense that is plaguing us today) is the notion that humans are fundamentally equal in their abilities (talent, potential, intelligence, etc). This is the logic behind the uplifting of Third World primitives to our level, the abolishing of gender roles, and all the other ills of the modern experience

That is true, and also the assumption that the state can create/force equal outcomes, even it it makes everyone worse-off as a result. Neoliberals, to their credit, know the distinction between equal opportunity and equal outcomes.

The problem, of course, is that there is no such thing as equality in this world. I don’t need to press this point to this audience; we all know that some people are smart, some are stupid, some are strong, some are weak, and so on. But the concept that there is a moral hierarchy as well will seem blasphemous to many. It shouldn’t be.

Libertarians don’t deny this – it’s the welfare left that does; biological determinism (Social Darwinism) and libertarianism are compatible. Furthermore, social justice warriors are parasites that produce no economic value; without the government to employ them (including the universities) and give them benefits, they would ‘die’ due to being ‘unfit’ for survival as they produce no economic value. Libertarians like Stefan Molyneux understand this. Some on right such as myself tend to be ‘partial libertarians’, supporting low taxes, free trade, low regulation, and private property, with the role of the state limited to national defense, maintenance of civil order, arbitration between private parties, and enforcement of property rights.

Liberalism must be purged from every crevice of our minds and souls before we are free and empowered to be truly just—which is to say, to dedicate ourselves fully to protecting our family, our nation and our race.

Libertarian typically believe in meeting force with equal force; they aren’t pacifists. Libertarians, unlike neoconservatives, don’t believe in interventionism, but they wholly believe in self-defense.

Related: Neo-Reaction & Techno-Libertarianism