The Alt-Right Has No Place In Libertarianism

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It has come to the point in the United States where I think libertarians need to accept something: the Alt-Right is not and will never be libertarians, and we need to stop pandering to them.

A libertarian’s cross over with the Alt-Right’s belief in free speech, free association and maybe one’s positions on borders is not enough to try to make them a part of the liberty movement because as was demonstrated in Charlottesville, they do not believe in freedom, but their own version of big government authoritarianism.

Protectionism and racial supremacy go against almost every facet of libertarianism. When men like Richard Spencer claim that America was made for the white man and is for the white man to take, or when prominent conservative “libertarians” use Jew and white nationalist phrases as an insult to those they disagree with or to “trigger” leftists, it’s time to face facts and realize that these people are not and will never be libertarians.

While those in the Alt-Right will claim to be victims of the hateful PC culture of the left, they fail to see that they also want the same type of censorship, but just when it applies to anything anti-nationalistic and pro-multiculturalism. Alex Nowratesh of the Cato Institute calls this “Patriotic Correctness” which he explains as “a full-throated, un-nuanced, uncompromising defense of American nationalism, history and cherry-picked ideals […].”

So, this is my plea to libertarians. Please, disassociate from the Alt-Right, not because we should team up with the left, or because we need to maintain an image for the public, but for the sake of principle. The fight for liberty means that we may need to cut ties, even with those who we may agree with on major issues. Sometimes, the enemy of my enemy does not actually have the same interests at heart and it’s time that libertarians reject the Alt-Right.

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Author: Luke Henderson

Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

3 thoughts

  1. You are correct, these people are not aligned with libertarianism. They are amongst the worst type of statists and very dangerous as they are happy to see the state built up and strong, unlike the socialists who vainly hope the state will wither away

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