Justin Raimondo on Libertarian Strategy


by Justin Raimondo
http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2012/01/libertarianism-political-action-cultural-change/#comments

To begin with, the idea that you and the rest of the “bleeding heart libertarians” on this blog are libertarians is the result of a misunderstanding. Are we really supposed to take seriously a “libertarian” who proposes licensing parents by the State? Puh-leeze.

Secondly, your “argument” in favor of the “trickle down” theory — that libertarians must convert “the intellectuals” in order to make any long lasting change — is dishonest, self-serving, and just plain false. After all, since jobs in the realm of ideas are rare and much sought after, and since most of these coveted positions are financed by money-bags with an agenda of their own (often in conflict with libertarianism), “intellectuals” are easily bribed, and the majority naturally tend to act as apologists for power. He who pays the piper calls the tune.

Third, your argument is incredibly self-serving: since you are doubtless the recipient of financial largesse from IHS, what you’re saying is: “Please don’t give any money to the Paul campaign: instead, you should give it to me.” That is your argument, boiled down to its essentials: why not come out and say it?

What has your panties in a bunch is the indisputable fact that Paul’s success is due precisely to the incredible success of the Rothbardian-Rockwellian “right wing populist” strategy which you and your fellow “bleeding hearts” despise: all those “yahoos” snot-nose Jeffrey Friedman hates are rallying around Paul’s libertarian banner! Horrors! Well, isn’t that just tough: you and your “left-libertarian” cronies don’t own the libertarian label, and never did.

“Bleeding heart libertarianism” is a device whereby a bunch of spoiled Kochotopus-funded nonentities hope to get tenure by convincing your commie colleagues in the faculty lounge that libertarianism is just another form of leftism. Well, good luck with that, because you’ll need it. In the meantime, you’ll pardon the rest of us as we ignore IHS and give our support to the Paul camaign.

Oh, and by the way: your efforts to reach out to the “left” are being surpassed by the Paul campaign, as progressives like Tom Hayden, Glen Greenwald, John Walsh, and a host of others defend Paul from the vicious attacks you and your ilk are promoting. So please

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4 responses to “Justin Raimondo on Libertarian Strategy

  1. I am not familiar with all the references to which Raimondo mentions. I am a libertarian, in that “I believe that everyone has the right to do any thing he wants, so long as his actions do not interfere with another’s right to do what they want”. That 29 word description can be boiled down to, “I believe in the non-initiate of force.

    I am a supporter of Ron Paul. There may be more important things one might do for the cause of liberty, but the easiest is to register as a Republican and vote for Ron Paul in the Primary Election.

    I am also on a quest to reclaim the words, Right, “Rightist and Right Wingers” as meaning a person or issue that reduces the power of government. That precludes that, “Left, Leftist and Left Wingers’ as meaning a person or issue that increases the power of government.

    Let me finish with; No matter how knowledgeable one may be of Austrian economics. No matter how learned one is of relevant history. No matter how familiar one may be with the workings of the humane mind. If you mislabel that aggregate of knowledge as Left, Leftist or Left Wing, you will compound the confusion that now prevails the mainstream and the Internet media.

  2. Ron Paul is forcing the political and media mainstream, kicking and screaming, into a serious contemplation of Libertarian principles. He is exposing the ideas and enthusing millions. At every step of the way he has been derided as an insignificant crank, even as he garnered millions of votes. Now the Repubulican Party is forced, against its will, to bend to acknowledge and try accomodate Libertarianism.

    And a ‘Libertarian’ criticises him because ‘not many people watch political debates’. Great, criticise someone who achieves succes in politics on the grounds that politics doesn’t interest a lot of people…… Then moan the diverts money from you and people like you…….

    The ‘left-libertarians’ are not libertarians, they are socialist tosspots who are trying to take control of libertarianism and drive it in a socialist direction.

    Fuck them.

  3. One of the major problems with being an activist is that your personal goals may well conflict with your stated aims. Winning is less appealing than an eternal struggle, since if you win you’re out of a job and/or hobby.

  4. Not a problem, of course, any of us will need to confront.