“Neoreactionaries are libertarians mugged by reality” Nick Land, Outside In
In neoreaction, you will find many individuals who define themselves as post-libertarians. It essentially means that you realize there are flaws within libertarianism that libertarian philosophy has not be able to reasonably address. I had a libertarian phase. I always considered myself a libertarian, even in high school, but I became thoroughly entrenched in the ideology for several years starting in 2007 when I was watching the Republican primaries and discovered Ron Paul. I, like many neoreactionaries, used to be Paulbots. I will admit that I still admire him greatly. He was my first dose of the red pill if you want to put it like that. So I began to ponder, how does one go all the way from libertarian to neoreactionary? What are some key defining features of post-libertarianism? So I went to where the neoreactionaries dwell in the dark corner of the internet known as Twitter.
This is certainly one key feature of the makings of a post-libertarian. NAP, or the Non-Aggression Principle, I addressed in a previous post. NAP is great for for basic human decency in a society. Do not kill, do not rape, do not steal. However, NAP, when followed to its logical conclusion, has been used to justify degenerate individualist behaviors which are really not that healthy for society (or the individual for that matter in some cases). Post-libertarians seek civilization. Law, order, healthy families, and healthy human behaviors make for peak civilization. Broken families and broken people make for an unruly society in which the state has to intervene in some manner to manage the problem. The libertarian would argue, “with freedom comes responsibility,” and I agree. Their solution is to allow the market to take care of the problem and that is simply not adequate enough of a solution. So, what else defines the post-libertarian?
HBD, or Human Bio-Diversity, is simply realizing that different people are different and there is a biological reason for it. When you realize that different people are different, you also realize that different peoples do not properly function in the same political system. To the libertarians reading this, do you truly believe that places like the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Central America would be able to adopt and implement libertarian philosophy? Could they have anarcho-capitalist societies? Libertarianism is uniquely a European philosophy which is rooted Classical Liberalism which is rooted in the Enlightenment. It is a Eurocentric belief to assume that different cultures would automatically adopt libertarianism, or any part of Western philosophy. We have seen how well adopting secular democracy in the Middle East has worked… and that brings me to my next point.
“I no longer believe that freedom and democracy are compatible.” Peter Thiel, Co-founder and CEO of PayPal
This realization was a big one for me. Democracy is merely Communism Lite. The only difference is that we put it up to a vote as to whether or not we are going to violate your individual liberties. As Aimless Gromar points out in his analysis of post-libertarianism:
“Democracy is good, democracy is great, and it correlates with X, Y, Z good things, such that without democracy we wouldn’t have those good things. It’s startling to think that democracy as an independent variable might not have been chosen correctly.”
Is it democracy that protects your individual liberties? If so, how come other democratic countries are not beacons of liberty? I know you libertarians are big on your individual rights and we can both agree that the United States today is not the bastion of freedom that it claims to be. We have NSA spying, TSA searches, a vindictive IRS, and nearly every aspect of our economy is heavily regulated by some form of government bureaucracy… but we have democracy!
“Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have … The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.” Thomas Jefferson
You know that to be true. Nearly half of Americans do not pay tax. That is a recipe for disaster as soon the takers will outnumber the makers and use the legislature as a means to leech off benefits endlessly until our financial ruin… all done under the banner of rights. When was the last time the government ever got rid of an entitlement? It only grows. Another reason the demands for entitlements is growing is because of our open-borders immigration policy.
Rejecting open-borders and multiculturalism is another sign of post-libertarianism. This is kind of touching on HBD again. You can’t think of people as interchangeable cogs in a machine. People are more than units of labor. Individuals are unique, ethnicities are unique, races are unique, and cultures are unique. Look around the world at the most ethnically diverse regions of the world. They are rife with conflict. Whether it is the Balkans, the Gaza Strip, Rotherham, Luton, Malmo, Iraq, South Africa, or Detroit, you will find ethnic conflict. I hate to burst your bubble but we cannot all just get along. When you have such conflict, society must expend additional resources in order to manage the situation. Looking at South Africa, it is a multicultural democracy. It is also considered the rape and murder capital of the world. In South Africa, they have more walls and private police employed than any country in the world. Is that your vision for a free libertarian society? It is not a free society, it is a society without law and order.
Post-libertarians and neoreactionaries want liberty. They want free and healthy societies. We realize though that libertarianism is not exactly the answer to achieve this goal. Law and order create the freest societies. Democracy, NAP run amok, and multiculturalism only create entropy, or anarchy and disorder. Maybe some of you libertarians know this to be true. If so, maybe it is time to leave libertarianism and consider post-libertarianism neoreaction.