September 9, 2013 § 14 Comments
Libertarianism is a political philosophy for children living off of a patrimony they don’t understand, the existence of which they simply take for granted. Libertarians actually seem to think it is possible to enforce property rights without “initiating force”, and this “live and let live” pseudo-passivity becomes the central moral justification for everything in their politics.
A leftist is just a libertarian who realizes that property is a form of traditional patriarchal lordship or authority (perhaps after reading a little Marx: the Marxist critique that classical liberalism is no true liberalism is quite trenchant). The relation between libertarian and leftist is similar to (and likely a modality of) the relation between modern and postmodern. In each case the idealogue realizes a fundamental problem with his philosophy. But rather than abandoning his philosophy as false he “maintains frame,” ups the ante, and embraces the incoherence.
Conservatism is just liberalism with a sea-anchor attached to keep it from moving too quickly in any given direction. This helps conserve liberalism by preventing it from dashing itself on the rocks of mother nature.
This would all be rather academic and amusing if liberal modernity had not murdered orders of magnitude more innocent human beings than all previous political philosophies combined.