Earlier this month I wrote an article to noted edgytarian Christopher Cantwell. In it I offered my post-ancap perspective on his supposed intellectual tension regarding the use of force. Turns out he just wanted to be okay with shooting chicks in his mind; in retrospect, I should have done more research prior to publishing that article.
Chris responded the next day, circling his wagons around the Non-Aggression Principle and shutting down my arguments in a very ham-fisted manner.
Unsure how to respond I choose to lurk at both Cantwell’s website and the “Libertarian Brutalist” (NSFW) facebook group he moderates. I bore witness as Cantwell cheered for Borque, as he cheered over some other dead cops. Recently, I watched Chris fume after Cop Block washed their hands of him in response to his writings (Cop Block article here).
Reactionary circles tend to reserve a lot of venom for the Libertarian crowd, much of it well deserved when one considers the autistic neckbearded insanity of many acolytes of the NAP and Saint Rothbard. You could misspend several hours cataloging Libertarian misadventures on the subject of legal age of consent, child abandonment or who meets the criteria for moral personhood. In general though, the Libertarian position does have a few things going for it compared to the typical American political non-options.
Let me begin by stating that I believe everyone reading this article will at least share my desire for a more orderly and prosperous society than what currently exists in the West today. With that said, my criticisms and considerations are mainly directed at libertarians.
I should preface that I myself have been a libertarian since 2007 or so. I supported Ron Paul in 2008 and would have liked to have seen him get the GOP nomination at least in 2012. Besides that I have read, watched and studied libertarian ideology since then, so don’t believe a return criticism that can be leveled at me is, “he just doesn’t understand libertarianism!” In fact, it is my understanding of the subject that informs these criticisms.
Libertarians desire a society that has more personal liberty, economic freedom and less “nanny state” molestation of the individual. These are indeed admirable goals, but their ways of achieving these are mistaken. Many think this can be done through either nonviolence and the non-aggression principle, or a sort of Fabian philosophical drift.
Seeing nothing new under the sun, I’ve come to think, as The Joker put it, “that is the one rule you’ll have to break to know the truth.” To paraphrase him, the only sensible way to live in this world and achieve your goals is not through the absence of rules(ers), but by not allowing everyone to decide on the rules.