Murray Rothbard is easily considered one of, if not, the most influential thinker when it comes to libertarianism (Rothbardianism). You could consider him the founding father of anarcho-capitalism and the modern libertarian movement in the United States. During my Ron Paul days I read Rothbard. In fact, I would say that What Has Government Done to Our Money? is still one of my favorite economic books. However, libertarianism today is experiencing a major change in their values system it seems. Rothbard’s brand of classical liberalism when followed to it’s logical conclusion has left the door open for the wackiest of leftists.
Rothbard himself was a social conservative, as pointed out by Hoppe in Democracy The God That Failed (p 202):
In fact, when the Libertarian Party was first founded in 1971, it was made up primarily of socially conservative, non-interventionist, anti-statists. They were concerned over military intervention in Vietnam and the loss of the gold standard. Talking to most neoreactionaries, I would say that they too generally agree with a humble non-interventionist foreign policy and sound monetary policy. These views are the foundation for a sound society. These views are not the problem of Rothbardianism.
In fact, every /pol/ goer and neoreactionary’s favorite statesman, Ron Paul, held these views and brought them to the political forefront when he ran for president in 2008 and again in 2012. Ron Paul was a socially conservative guy. He was very pro-life. No one mistakes Ron Paul for a Social Justice Warrior (SJW) or a degenerate. I, like many neoreactionaries, have been brought to this part of the right wing because of Ron Paul. I find that in this Post-Ron Paul world that his supporters went one of two directions. They went right like me seeking a saner society that values law & order or they went left…
I am sure that you are all familiar with the good ole Non-Aggression Principle (NAP). NAP is the gateway drug for libertinism. NAP has become the bane of the existence of many reactionaries. While it is generally a great code of conduct to have for a society to not rape, murder, and steal, NAP has generally been used to justify being a complete douche bag. Heck, to quote Rothbard himself: “the parent should not have a legal obligation to feed, clothe, or educate his children, since such obligations would entail positive acts coerced upon the parent and depriving the parent of his rights.” Bad Rothbard! That pesky NAP as pointed out by Hoppe’s Democracy The God That Failed (p 206):
Oh NAP you ruin it for everyone. Instead of talking about monetary or foreign policy, you can find some libertarians discussing the virtues legalizing pedophilia or child pornography. Energy well spent if you ask me. So when your largest concerns are advocating drug use or sexual deviancy, you attract a certain type of people.
Naturally, in accordance with Conquest’s Second Law, leftists infiltrated the Libertarian Party as noted by Hoppe’s Democracy The God That Failed (p 204):
You don’t say Hoppe? You don’t say…
Let us meet the new Rothbardians.
Meet Starchild. Starchild is a male prostitute and prominent member of the Libertarian Party.
Or everyone’s new favorite Social Justice Warrior and libertarian commentator: Cathy Reisenwitz
Even a pinko Commie like Bill Maher has the stones to call himself a libertarian. Are you sure you libertarians aren’t actually just libertines?
This type of behavior is not something new to the libertarian movement however. In 1989, Rothbard left the Libertarian Party because it had been hijacked by sodomites and began ascribing himself the label paleo-libertarian.
Today, libertarian institutions, like Reason, seem to concentrate a great deal of energy promoting the virtues of the Mexican invasion, drug use, or promoting Cultural Marxism, such as “queer theory.”
So modern day libertarians strive for egalitarianism which is ironic considering Rothbard’s strongly critical views on egalitarianism. Quoting Rothbard’s Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature and Other Essays (p 17), “At the heart of the egalitarian left is the pathological belief that there is no structure of reality; that all the world is a tabula rasa that can be changed at any moment in any desired direction by the mere exercise of human will.” A question to the libertarians, when has the free market ever produced equal outcomes? How can you believe in both liberty and equality when these are mutually exclusive ideas? How can anarcho-capitalism be congruent with egalitarianism in anyway? Alas, my questions fall on deaf ears…
The one positive out of the leftward shift in libertarianism is that as it becomes more and more repulsive, perhaps more libertarians make the neoreactionary leap towards post-libertarianism to further swell the ranks of neoreaction. I leave a parting message to the Rothbardians: