When Should Libertarians Attach Themselves to Political Causes?
In a hyperpoliticized 2020, libertarian support for Trump this election has probably been the greatest for a Republican candidate other than Ron Paul. It may not be out of an admiration for Trump, but rather to vote against the socialism and violence characterized by the modern American left. The Right at least believes in some degree of property rights and that the government does not have the answers to all of our problems, but are Trump and his followers so much better that we must hitch our wagon to theirs?
In 2006, Lew Rockwell wrote that
The problem with American conservatism is that it hates the left more than the state, loves the past more than liberty, feels a greater attachment to nationalism than to the idea of self-determination, believes brute force is the answer to all social problems, and thinks it is better to impose truth rather than risk losing one’s soul to heresy. It has never understood the idea of freedom as a self-ordering principle of society. It has never seen the state as the enemy of what conservatives purport to favor. It has always looked to presidential power as the saving grace of what is right and true about America.
This summation is unfortunately sounding like an increasing number of libertarians, and if we attach ourselves to the conservative movement and focus on hating the Left more than we do the state, we will fail just as they have at losing ground to the Left, and the state will continue to grow.
Whether Trump has been deceitful or unable to make much progress against the deep state, the promises that
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