Are there secret libertarian cabals of racism in the liberty movement? This is episode forty-seven of The LAVA Spurt, Libertarian Racists. This episode is brought to you by Tom Woods's Liberty Classroom, helping you to become a smarter and more informed libertarian than ever before, for just 24 cents a day.

There were a couple of pretty controversial issues last week that I have been asked by several listeners to address. I will tackle one of the topics in this Spurt and I will tackle the other topic in a Spurt later this week.

Today we will be talking about the bashing of certain libertarians because they are suspected of being racists or Nazis. I want to preface all of this first with a caveat. There is nothing in libertarianism that is incompatible with racism. Let me say that again. There is nothing in libertarianism that is incompatible with racism. There is also nothing in libertarianism that is incompatible with being an asshole. And sadly, I know some racist libertarians and I know some asshole libertarians.

Libertarianism means simply that you do not believe in the initiation of force or fraud against another person, nothing more. You can believe that other races are inferior to you, which is the definition of racism, and believe that no one should initiate force against those races. This is entirely compatible. This doesn't make racism right in any way, though, please don't mistake that. Racism is horrendous. To collectivize and hate a particular person because of the color of their skin is disgusting and immoral, period. This should never be in question.

Having said that, there have been many questions about some prominent libertarians out there and whether or not they are racist. This started a couple of weeks ago when Jeff Deist gave a speech at the 2017 Mises University. He ended that speech with a catchphrase that is most commonly associated with Nazism, “blood and soil.” This phrase was used before Nazism, but it always meant a sort of extreme nationalism and even racism in some respects. This was a very unfortunate choice of words for Jeff Deist and, personally, not words I would have ever used.

 

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Are there secret libertarian cabals of racism in the liberty movement? This is episode forty-seven of The LAVA Spurt, Libertarian Racists. This episode is brought to you by Tom Woods's Liberty Classroom, helping you to become a smarter and more informed libertarian than ever before, for just 24 cents a day.

There were a couple of pretty controversial issues last week that I have been asked by several listeners to address. I will tackle one of the topics in this Spurt and I will tackle the other topic in a Spurt later this week.

Today we will be talking about the bashing of certain libertarians because they are suspected of being racists or Nazis. I want to preface all of this first with a caveat. There is nothing in libertarianism that is incompatible with racism. Let me say that again. There is nothing in libertarianism that is incompatible with racism. There is also nothing in libertarianism that is incompatible with being an asshole. And sadly, I know some racist libertarians and I know some asshole libertarians.

Libertarianism means simply that you do not believe in the initiation of force or fraud against another person, nothing more. You can believe that other races are inferior to you, which is the definition of racism, and believe that no one should initiate force against those races. This is entirely compatible. This doesn't make racism right in any way, though, please don't mistake that. Racism is horrendous. To collectivize and hate a particular person because of the color of their skin is disgusting and immoral, period. This should never be in question.

Having said that, there have been many questions about some prominent libertarians out there and whether or not they are racist. This started a couple of weeks ago when Jeff Deist gave a speech at the 2017 Mises University. He ended that speech with a catchphrase that is most commonly associated with Nazism, "blood and soil." This phrase was used before Nazism, but it always meant a sort of extreme nationalism and even racism in some respects. This was a very unfortunate choice of words for Jeff Deist and, personally, not words I would have ever used.

His speech focuses on his belief that human nature inherently has a desire for sticking to "religion, to tradition, to culture, and to civic or social institutions." These are beliefs held my most right-leaning libertarians and, sadly, for most people in our society, it is true. Many of us have broken out of these molds, but those of us who have are in the vast minority. This belief is neither racist or non-libertarian. Deist also seems to attack libertinism as nihilist in his article and expresses his disagreement with libertinism. And, Deist makes it clear that "I assure you I’m neither interested in nor judgmental toward your personal beliefs or lifestyle preferences.  And of course, libertarianism per se has nothing to say about how one lives." He's right, as we've already discussed in this episode. Libertarianism only speaks to a very narrow definition, the non-initiation of force. 

He ends the speech with this quote, "In other words, blood and soil and God and nation still matter to people. Libertarians ignore this at the risk of irrelevance." Based on his view of the world, that most people believe in family, and religion, and culture, etc, this sentence does make sense, to him. However, to say that these three words, blood and soil, were a dog whistle to racists and the alt-right is just ludicrous. Was his speech an appeal to conservatives? Sure. But I do not believe in any way that Jess Deist was calling for racists and the alt-right to become libertarians.

Now I vehemently disagree with Deist on his assessment. There are several things in the speech that I disagree with, frankly. I believe that many of our traditions such as religion and tradition are specifically tied to our bondage to government and should be eradicated completely.

Now, this isn't saying that no one at the Mises Institute is racist. It is certainly possible there are some. However, let's take a look at a couple of things. First of all, most racists, especially Alt-right, Nazi types who supposedly Deist was signaling with his speech, hate Jews. Ludwig von Mises was a Jew who fled Europe to avoid the spread of Nazism. Before leaving Austria, Mises was an economic adviser of Engelbert Dollfuss, the strongly anti-Nazi Austrian Chancellor. One of the co-founders of the Mises Institute was Murray Rothbard, another Jew. There are many Jews on the faculty and staff of the Mises Institute. There are also Middle-eastern and Hispanic faculty and staff. For a racist organization, they sure have a lot of non-whites involved. And to be named after an anti-Nazi Jew, no less!

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There are generally three frames of mind when it comes to converting people to libertarianism. Some, like Jeff Deist, believe that we should reach out to the right. Others, like Nick Sarwark and Matt Zwolinski, believe we should reach out to the left. Others, like me, believe that if we are ever going to achieve a libertarian world, we must reach out to everyone. We need to convert everyone to libertarianism, and by that I mean we need to make everyone believe that the initiation of force is immoral. This next statement is going to be controversial as hell, and many of you will likely disagree with it, but take a minute to stop and think about it before letting your gut reaction take over. Wouldn't we be better off in this world if racists/neo-Nazis/alt-right were libertarian and believed that they should not initiate force against anyone, even those they believe to be inferior to them? On the other side of that, wouldn't we be better off if Antifa were libertarians as well in that they can curb freedom of speech like they apparently want to do, on their own property and try and persuade others to do the same without initiating violence? Of course, we would be.

This means that the Alt-right could all live in one area, segregated to their heart's content, and not harm a soul by doing so. And, it means that Antifa could refuse alt-right members access to their property of segregated areas and restrict their speech. But, even better, it means that those of us who believe that freedom is the best human condition could live as we please as well. This is a win for everyone if only the Alt-right and Antifa and everyone else would become libertarians.

Of course, it would be a much better world if people would not be racist assholes or namby pamby communistic whiney bitches who are afraid of words, but neither of those is ever going to happen. So, would you rather have a racist or a communist who believes in the initiation of force, or not? I know what I would choose.

This brings me back to where I started. Yes, you can be racist and be a libertarian, but Jeff Deist is not a racist. And neither is Tom Woods, regardless of what Nick Sarwark may want you to believe. Nick had the balls to attack Tom Woods over this issue saying that Tom was reverting to Rothbard's failed strategy of going after the right. First of all, this is coming from a guy who is the head of a party that tweeted the day before this attack that North Korea was freer than the United States. What the actual fuck? This is also the party that has nominated Bob Barr, Wayne Allyn Root, Gary Johnson, and Bill Weld for president and vice president. Nick Sarwark has no room to talk about failed political strategies.

However, let's talk about Rothbard's political strategies. Rothbard, for many years, sought support and libertarian converts from the left... for decades. After making no ground there for many years, in 1983, he left the Radical Caucus of libertarianism over cultural issues and aligned himself with what he called the "right-wing populist" wing of the party, notably Lew Rockwell and Ron Paul, seeking converts to what he called paleolibertarianism. He even supported Pat Buchanan for President in 1992, sadly enough. Yes, later in life, Rothbard made some decisions that I and many other libertarians disagree with, but that doesn't wipe away his decades of contributions to the libertarian philosophy any more than Ayn Rand turning into a reclusive crazy woman later in life wiped away her many years of contributions to our philosophy. 

One of Nick Sarwarks biggest gripes with Tom Woods is that he refused to sign a petition essentially confirming he wasn't a racist. This petition was nothing more than virtue signaling and gave some folks a feeling that they actually accomplished something. But, give me a fucking break. I didn't sign the petition either and for much the same reason that Tom didn't sign it. If the only thing keeping anyone from believing either Tom Woods or I are not racist is because we signed yet another stupid online petition, then I just don't know what to say. Neither Tom nor I should have to respond to every jacknut who says we are something that we aren't, and neither of us should ever have to respond to questions with no evidence that we are racist, just like neither of us should have to respond to calls that we are rapists or murderers with no evidence. I'm not rushing out to sign a petition that I'm not a rapist either. I mean hell, the title of the petition is "Restating the Obvious" for crying out loud. That should be enough.

Now I know many people who have signed this petition, including many people I respect a great deal and many listeners of this show, and I applaud their stand against fascism. But that stance against fascism is not made any stronger or more appropriate because of some online petition. 

I fully expect that this episode will lose me some listeners, and I'm not thrilled by that. But, as you know by now if you've been listening to me for a while, I'm not afraid of touching the controversial topics and losing listeners. I'm only afraid of being true to myself.

Until next time... keep striking the root!

 

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