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.”
What it means
Though many would choose to, it is not wise to live in a moment. It doesn’t matter whether that moment is with Ayn Rand 1960, Ron Paul in 2008 or some future place where all your dreams come true.1 Some will face the post-libertarian moment, reject it, and remain unchanged. The praxian by contrast embraces the moment, consumes its significance, and begins to ask new questions as a result.
The libertarian prescription to the post-war order is out of date. What might have helped the so called “liberal-democracies” of the late twentieth century will not work as we enter a new decade. A narrow libertarianism focuses on “the state” and justifies corporate tyranny. A narrow libertarianism focuses on opposition to “the duopoly” while ignoring the incentive of power. A narrow libertarianism defends an unrealized ideal online, but scoffs at the idea of taking steps to make so much money taxation is a nuisance.
The idea of “freedom” or “liberty” is much older than the libertarian label, or the United States of America. The hubris of every age is thinking there is no more growth possible, libertarians would do well to not fall victim to the same malady. . .
To read the whole essay download your copy at postlibertarianmoment.com