The next few Monday’s will be reprints of the sections that make up my new essay The Post-Libertarian Moment Defined which you can download in full by visiting postlibertarianmoment.com. I consider this essay of vital importance to anyone who calls (or as the case may be called) themselves “libertarian.”
If libertarians are to be the standard bearers of human freedom and liberty, they must evolve to suit the times. This begins by making ourselves better. In other words? Clean your damn room. Put another way, secure your own liberty before trying to help other people. It is the egalitarian delusion of the left that says someone in their early twenties can affect political change the same as an established entrepreneur in their thirties. There is nothing simplistic or reductionist about beginning with self-improvement. Anyone who understands Austrian Business Cycle Theory knows that a market correction will occur, and that shortages won't be the worst economic issues of the next decade. If libertarians are the ones who can help their neighbors during hard times, people will notice that. You don't need to be a billionaire, but you do need to be stable and reasonably self-sufficient for people to listen to you, it’s in our DNA. Without this first step, political power will continue to elude libertarians and the world will sink further into this tyrannical chaos that is shaping the beginning of the 21st century.
If you have accomplished the first step, the next step is easy. You either run a campaign, run for local office, or contribute financially to campaigns that are adopting the anti-tax framework and other radical measures to defend liberty. By contrast, the current LP strategy is designed to take over the bureaucracy of the party. In a business, a sale is what moves the needle. In politics, holding office moves the needle. Put another way, your support staff is meant to help the war effort, not lead it. Most of human history is a wash. There are very few times where a dedicated minority can change the trajectory of humanity. The long march through the institutions have proven how easily you can change culture when you hold positions of power. In order to win the war, we must become personally ambitious and politically pragmatic for the cause of liberty.
If this means losing the title libertarian as we lost the title liberal?
So be it.
I would rather be one of The Free than the millions on their knees.
If you haven’t already, download your copy at postlibertarianmoment.com