There is no post-libertarian"ism"
From "The Post Libertarian Moment Defined"
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.”
Also don’t forget! You can catch my appearances on Lions of Liberty, Free Man Beyond the Wall, and every other guest spot I’ve done at BeenAwake.com/Appearances
Before we begin…
There is one glaringly obvious omission from my essay The Post-Libertarian Moment Defined, and by addressing it I hope to create a better understanding of what I mean by describing this as a moment, not a movement.
I describe the divide later in the essay as between those who want to “make political statements and those who want to “take political action.” Clearly we could draw a divide as well between those who want to engage in politics, and those who do not. I do not believe that most people have to engage in politics directly. In fact, given that libertarians understand the benefits from the division of labor, we shouldn’t expect most people to engage in politics directly. This is one of the reasons there is not “post-libertarianism” as many without knowledge would claim. There are merely libertarians who recognize the policy prescriptions and political strategies formulated post WWII is out of date.
The Post-Libertarian Moment
what it is, why it happened, what it isn't, what it means
There has been a stirring amongst libertarians across the country. Over the last 18 months and counting we have witnessed the nightmare of tyrannical government come to fruition. Not only have many “liberal western democracies” removed the last pretense of civil rights for their subjects (don’t forget many spent months locked in their homes at the government’s behest), but our friends, families, neighbors, and fellow libertarians have cheered the lockdowns. Even worse, they turned their anger not at the government agents and media personalities making prisoners of us all, but at those of us who would question a political narrative with holes so big you could pilot a container ship through it with your eyes closed.
In the summer of 2020 libertarians witnessed civil unrest not seen in over 20 years. Cities burned, businesses lost millions in revenue, people lost their lives, and tyrants in charge did nothing to stem the rioting. Infamously, outlets like CNN insisted upon a narrative that what was occurring across the country was “mostly peaceful.” All of this amidst the most contentious and orchestrated presidential campaigns in modern history. There are certain moments of history that will be spoken of for years to come. Certainly the case can be made that the 2020’s will be such a time. Given this fact, the question remains - what are libertarians to do. This article will define the post-libertarian moment, detailing what it is, why it happened, what it isn’t, and what it means. But first, an abridged history. . .
Which will be the subject of next week’s post! If you want to read ahead, go download the pdf at postlibertarianmoment.com