A Philadelphia Reader Notes A Libertarian Split Over Patriotism
From: A Philadelphia Reader [Email him]
VDARE readers are already aware that not all libertarians are Establishment shills or open border SJWs. Indeed, the fight between the paleolibertarians and the thin libertarians on the one hand, and the beltrarians (such as the Kochtopus) and the thick libertarians on the other, has been going on for a very long time.
Paul Gottfried has recently written on the latest libertarian fight. Jeff Deist, President of the Ludwig von Mises Institute (LvMI) and Dr. Ron Paul’s former Chief of Staff, gave a speech that promoted the idea that liberty, family, religion, tradition, culture and civil society go together.
He ended it by saying
“In other words, blood and soil and God and nation still matter to people. Libertarians ignore this at the risk of irrelevance.”
The speech was met with vehement opposition from the “libertarian” left. But many libertarians came to defend the speech, such as Tom Woods, The Liberty Conservative, Liberty Hangout, bionic mosquito, and Reformed Libertarian. Some of the same anti-Deist “libertarians” also attacked Tom Woods for his LvMI speech. See The Libertarian Split Continues As “Blood And Soil” Speech Triggers Another Racial Witch Hunt, by Shane Trejo, The Liberty Conservative, August 1, 2017
Post-Charlottesville, it became popular among a number of conservatives and libertarians to publicly condemn the “far right” and “right-wing extremism” while barely saying anything about the “far-left” or “left-wing extremism,” and to even question President Trump’s statements. However, Tom Woods and Stephen Kinsella questioned the need for such virtue signaling. (After all, libertarians are known for defending the undefendable.)
See Restating the Obvious: An Open Letter from the Libertarian Movement, Liberty Against Fascism, August 12, 2017 and This Anti-Fascist, Isn’t Signing, FreedomBunker, August 14, 2017.