People talk about “the Left” and “the Right”. Then they shove Libertarians into “the Right” but I think this is a great error, and something that Libertarians should not put up with, as neither side has any interest in freedom or independence, regardless of what they might say.
Here is the fact of the matter, there is Left, Right and Libertarian. They all push and pull in different directions. What throws people in regards to Libertarianism being on the Right is purely the rhetoric of the Right, but almost never their actions.
Let me attack these particular groups in more detail.
Why I Hate the Left
The Left stands primarily for collectivism, but are actually very exclusive about who gets to be in the collective. They want a specific type of person, with a very specific set of beliefs, and become outraged at the slightest variation of opinion. They claim its for the benefit of everyone, but it invariably is for the benefit of a certain few, and at great cost for everyone else.
Speaking of the USA here, the Left has been historically the prime movers for racism. Behind most laws, most restrictions, the most cases of great injustice — we find the Left. These weren’t the right kind of people for their collective. At the end of the day, all the high talk of morals was a sham to push their political agenda, and people are meant to be used, not empowered, as the very core of collectivism is removal of individual empowerment.
Lets use another example, LGBT people. The Left has been wooing the LGBT community for decades now, but it could not be more clear that they are in fact, merely using them as they do. When the hot items of the day such topics as acceptance, an end to violence against LGBT people and gay marriage, the left was eager to accept the idea that being LGBT was something that someone was simply born like. A person was born LGBT, and that was just the way they were, so prejudice against someones immutable characteristics was morally bankrupt. A statement I find nothing to argue against.
However, when Post Modernism took hold and that became the new path to political power, the previous opinions on the nature of LGBT people was immediately dropped: Now the statement is that everything is merely subjective opinion, even something as basic as gender, and that even ones sex was merely a social construct. This immediately puts being LGBT back into being a choice — exactly where the Right said they always were, and vulnerable to the same persecution they were in the past. They claimed to follow the science when it was convenient, but when it wasn’t, they dismissed it entirely as nothing more than empty subjective truth.
The mainstream Left movements have no problem throwing LGBT people under the bus for political gain. Again, the theme is clear: The Left views people as objects to be used to gain power, and that’s it. They are perfectly happy to say or do anything in that goal, and nothing they say can be trusted.
Why I Hate the Right
The Right primarily seeks stability, which is in itself not a terribly offensive goal. The problem is much the same as the Left, however, in that they are perfectly happy to see people sacrificed for that imagined stability. More then that, they are naturally resistant to any kind of change of the status quo, even when that change is clearly modernization and improvement. In fact, “modernization” as a concept is something they are frequently hostile too — they have no interest in expanding who gets to be part of their vision.
Lets use the LGBT community as an example again. The Right resisted acceptance, marriage and continue to look the other way on violence against LGBT persons because this was an alteration to the status quo, and looks differently from their idea vision of society, which seems to boil down to 1950’s America.
To this day, they uphold 1950’s America as the pinnacle of American society and just look the other way on that fact that LGBT people are treated horribly based upon nothing at all but prejudice. When it became fairly clear that LGBT people were indeed, simply born the way they are, they still reject it out of hand. A common theme with both types of people is that science is great when it supports their opinions, but can simply be disregarded when it doesn’t suit their purpose. Both sides claim to be on the side of science, but neither has any actual interest in the truth.
The justification for suppression of LGBT is simply that in their minds, things were fine the way they were, and since they were not LGBT, what did it matter that some people had to be sacrificed for the greater good? The Right does not care about the individual any more than the Left does. They have their own vision of the perfect utopia, and people who don’t fit in that ideal world can simply be discarded.
Not all that different from the Left, when it comes down to it, the difference is mainly in the details, and who gets sacrificed. In either case, there is a certain type of person who is acceptable, and certain types of people who are undesirables.
Why I Hate My Fellow Libertarians
I bet a lot of people didn’t guess this particular heading was going to happen. But I most certainly do have reason to be frustrated with other Libertarians.
Firstly, Libertarians joke they have plans to take over the world, and then leave you alone. Humorous, but contains not much truth. Libertarians have no plans at all. They simply imagine that they might just magically get their way, some day, and then we’ll see just how great everything will be when the oppressive crush of the government is out of the way. How this is to be achieved, they haven’t the faintest idea, and simply dismiss the question when it comes up. More than this, they simply turn a blind eye to a core belief in their own system: People really aren’t made equal, and some people really can’t manage on their own.
They are prone to being intensely smug about their own abilities, and — I’m sure this will sound familiar by now — are quite willing to sacrifice people who need help for their vision of utopia. In this case, the undesirables are the people who are not naturally capable, the people who need help to make their way in this world. Those people can fall by the wayside, they are irrelevant to the Market, after all.
When criticism of this particularly callous view is brought up, they act as if the only alternative is some kind of Socialism and the great evil of government. The smallest amount of organization of any kind, regardless of scope, its viewed as the creation of a slippery slope which will inevitably lead back to government and then back to square one.
Put bluntly, Libertarians as a whole are self obsessed and have no interest in anyone else, and cannot seem to figure out why this is view is unpopular, and why their beliefs generally remain in the fringes. To them, who cares if someone can’t make it on their own, they would have contributed little to the Market after all, and if you don’t contribute, you don’t have value.
All three major ideologies fail on moral grounds: all three are willing to sacrifice people for what are ultimately nothing more than banal selfish reasons. The Left and Right are happy to sacrifice people who don’t fit their mold, and the Libertarians are simply content with the Law of the Jungle.
All three attack one another with valid criticisms, and all three fail to address any of them. They simply hand-wave them away as unimportant minutia. The Left’s drive for power, the Rights obsession with tradition, and the Libertarians callous behaviour.
To put a finer point on it, until we have a system that doesn’t embrace the sacrifice of people, none of these systems are particularly appealing, and most of them simply regress back into the same Authoritarian regimes we’ve always had.