Much discussion has gone on in the online world and libertarian circles these days about the so-called libertarian to alt-right pipeline. So many people within the liberty movement, who were not long ago finding a way to defend and spew forth liberal social values in the name of freedom have found themselves in staunch opposition to the things they once adored and glorified. For many people observing libertarians partner with far-right ideological groups, it has been shocking and appalling and the reason why they feel as such remains that they either do not understand liberty, or they don’t know much about the history of the libertarian movement, or both.
This libertarian and far-right alliance is nothing new and only the names and faces have changed throughout history. The libertarian to alt-right pipeline/ alliance perhaps resembles most the paleo-libertarian movement of the 90’s. During this time, leading libertarian thinkers like Lew Rockwell, desired to distinguish themselves from beltway libertarianism (think Cato and Reason), left-libertarianism, and libertinism. In seeking to make a true political change, these right-wing libertarians formed an alliance with the paleo-conservative movement which many people consider to be the precursor of the alt-right and rightly so. When one compares the two political movements they seem to have their differences, but are united in their opposition to cultural Marxism and moreover, left-wing degeneracy, replacement level immigration policies, and hyper inclusive mass democracy. In the 1990’s right-wing libertarians joined forces with paleoconservatives and got behind candidate Patrick J. Buchannan and some 25 years later many right-wing libertarians got involved in the up and coming alt-right movement and threw support behind the seemingly right-wing populist presidential candidate Donald Trump. It is important here to point out that Donald Trump has not officially endorsed the alt-right and through his presidency has found himself at odds with many elements of the movement, nevertheless the new right-wing populist movements in the United States contributed greatly to his success. In many ways, this new and revamped partnership between libertarianism and the far right seems to be prophetically described in Murray Rothbard‘s “Right Wing Populism”. Here he laid out a populist plan for libertarian social change and the sentiments and realizations that led him and many others down this path remain perhaps even more relevant today than they did then. When a libertarian realizes that privatization of all resources is the goal, he begins to understand that the left wing social values he has been espousing would have to be highly discouraged under such a system and through observing modern trends one can come to the conclusion that they are a barrier to achieving a more libertarian society.
The left, in all of its devious forms, is public enemy number one to the goal of liberty. Their weapon of choice? Cultural warfare. Rather than now trying to convince people throughout the world of the merits of their failed economic system, they stick to the social and cultural issues primarily. It has become easy for them to package white genocide, the destruction of the nuclear family, alternative sexual lifestyles (am I repeating myself?), and “social justice” under the guise of niceness and being progressive. If one even dares question the wisdom of declaring their 6 year old child “transgendered” they are outed as bigots and their lives will be destroyed. Through the words: Bigotry, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, racism, anti-semitism and many other catchphrases, the neo-bolshevik left has found a way to control cultural norms. All of this with their monopoly over the deep state, the media, and academia. And this has worked well for them for a very long time until perhaps now as more and more people find themselves furious and rebelling against this craziness.
So of what interest is this to libertarians? Our current political war is a culture war. While we like to sit around and debate the merit of the free market economic system, this is simply not the battlefield on which our enemy engages us anymore. It would do us well to also acknowledge that economics is not at all removed from the culture war. After all, welfare parasitism goes hand in hand with the short-sighted, high time preference social preferences of the left, and some of the greatest contributors to runaway welfare parasitism are cultural degeneracy, hedonism and alternative sexual lifestyles, drug abuse, divorce, and single parenthood. If you also stop to consider that libertarians are overwhelmingly white and you take a glance at the statistics of welfare usage, violent crime and what demographics vote for the left which helps continue this, it is unsurprising that many libertarians find themselves engaging in identity politics and once again finding their truest and greatest ally….the far right.