Musings on Libertarian Political Correctness
Wayne Allyn Root announced his resignation from the Libertarian Party a short time ago in which he joined the Republican Party and endorsed Mitt Romney for President. Having experienced what he allegedly did first hand, I am sure the rumors are true that Root not only had bad experiences among his contacts with the LP rank-and-file but also saw first hand that Libertarians act like the very moochers they reel against. For example, it was alleged that attendees to Root’s fundraiser at his house for Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson had no problem consuming the free alcohol and food served. I would not be surprised if Root was the subject of frequent insults while serving on the LNC. Rumor has it that he was accused by libertarians of being things like a LINO (i.e. Libertarian In Name Only) and Zionist warmonger.
I was active in the Libertarian Party for twelve years in which I served as a state and county party officer for the last four. I knew many libertarian anarchists in which most of whom subscribe(d) to conspiracy theories. The rumors about Root’s resignation, speaks volumes to an issue that is a dirty little secret among libertarians, especially of the anarchist persuasion. One common thing that one can count on is conspiracy theories coming up in conversations among them. The person most responsible for giving ecclesiastical legitimacy to conspiracy theories in libertarian thought and explains why they are a persistent subject in libertarian culture is the influence of Murray Rothbard. Rothbard not only subscribed to conspiracy theories, but (despite being of Jewish descent) was also a Holocaust denier. He claimed that if someone wanted to understand the nature of the state, one need only look to conspiracy theories and even went so far as to conclude that a conspiracy theorist is a praxeologist (i.e. social scientist).
Like religion, conspiracy theories are an intellectual attack on a person’s ability to think since they are a form of skepticism which denies not only objective reality but also absolute knowledge. Once someone embraces the conspiratorialist world view either in whole or in part their senses can be weakened to the point to where a person’s unable to objectively review evidence or make logical conclusions and decisions not just in politics but in other areas of their life. I experienced this first hand since I did subscribe to conspiracy theories during most of my time spent in the Libertarian Party and in social circles I parused. While I realize people use them to make sense of events they can not comprehend, the evil nature of conspiracy theories ultimately leads to the condemnation (if not outright demonization) of groups of people.
One scientific-based publication gives insight into what happens when people accept conspiracy theories as a belief system:
While these are often disparaged as the product of mental defectives, it is useful to examine the basis by which such beliefs [in conspiracy theories] are generated. In this case, they attempt to straddle the line between evidence and faith, but manage to construct rules of evidence which can never be satisfied. This becomes self-reinforcing to continue bolstering the conspiracy, since any explanation must, by definition, be part of the conspiracy which hides the information desired.
It goes on to point out:
In the case of our conspiracy theorist, the evidence is simply precluded from consideration, because the provider of such evidence will always be suspect as being a party to the conspiracy itself. Since verification becomes impossible, the construct of the conspiracy holds. What is interesting in this case, is that even disagreement among conspiracy theorists tends to support their claims, because the challenge isn’t about any particular event. The issue is the lack of “openness” in accessing the data. As a result, it is irrelevant when conspiracy theories exist that are contradictory, since that may even be expected. After all, the conspiracy is the lack of access to data; not the event itself.
Because of the hard-headed and even suspicious nature of people who subscribe to conspiracy theories, any claims to the contrary of their perceived wisdom are met with resistance. In the case of libertarians who do, most have a tribal mentality believing they are the remnant that will free mankind from the iron grip of the state. Most libertarians use conspiracy theories to articulate why events like 9/11 happened using conspiracy theories as a means to rationalize blaming the United States government for any and all events that lead to conflicts world wide including terrorist events on U.S. soil. Ultimately, conspiracy theories are part of the excuse factory libertarians use to explain why the populace has not embraced their utopian vision of a free society. Rather than take accountability for their actions, instead blame is laid at the feet of groups like The Illuminati, the Trilateral Commission, the Bilderbergers (those pesky Jews again), or the Council on Foreign Relations. This is not to say people should not question the perceived wisdom or the official story about events since there is a tendency to not believe circumstances occur as simply as they do.
Yet libertarian anarchists also mirror leftists in their thou-shalt-not criticize mentality when it comes to Islam or even criticism of them. Like hardcore leftist most libertarians will openly condemn any activities who dare to take issue with libertarian policy stances like foreign policy (especially events in the Middle East), refuse to lay blame where it is deserved, or even ridicule tactics on other issues (such as medical marijuana). It is a blend of cultural relativism with egalitarianism that holds that no culture is superior to another and (despite their alleged love of free markets) condemn Westernized countries (like Israel) with an irrational perfectionism which compliment’s the Left’s condemnation of wealth, technology, success, and pride. In light of this gas chamber mentality it is small wonder that anti-Semitism has flourished among them and is present at prominent libertarian websites (like Lew Rockwell.com and Antiwar.com) and in libertarian culture.
Their logic becomes no different than the anti-Semitism of the Left which condemns Jews since they are viewed as the evil capitalists. Commonly held views that result in complimenting the Left’s multicultural dream of a world of nihilistic, primitive tribes that create numerous sub-sects based on pre-determined labels and end up at each other’s throats for power and unearned wealth. The end result, consequently, is that all values (and lives) are obliterated which leads to the destruction of Western civilization. So, one must ask, are libertarians the lovers of liberty they claim to be? If they continue to conduct themselves in a monastery-like, self-reaffirming fashion that uses a deterministic theology to explain why their utopian dream has not been realized and goes so far as to demonize people who have a different perspective on how to achieve liberty through politics or dares to be critical of them and their beliefs, their love of freedom is questionable.