What is Neo-Libertarianism? Or What caused Libertarian Nationalism?

Written by Peregrinus

Libertarian Nationalism, as it has been so named, is one of the newest sub-factions to enter into the libertarian arena. It’s reactionary nature is a mix of paleo-libertarian ideas with ones from the alternative right. It’s reactionary nature, however, begs the question: What is being reacted to? They are reacting to a yet to be labeled sub-faction with in the libertarian movement. Let it be called: Neo-libertarianism.

Neo-libertarianism, much like a neo-conservativism shares some ideas with its traditional counterpart while radically disagreeing with others. Also like neo-conservativism, many of its adherents are migrants from the left of the political spectrum. The following are a list of some beliefs and practices common amongst the neo-libertarian faction.

1. Strong Internationalism – within the neo-libertarianism there is a strong distrust of nationalistic tendencies, as well as to see the world as a unified people. This includes a belief in zero borders as well as the left wing import of solidarity with oppressed peoples.

2. Libertine Supremacy – the classic libertarian position is that one ought not use force to spread your ideas. This includes the idea that those who practice alternative lifestyles, such as polyamory for example, should be left to their own devices. Neo-libertarians however, take this one step further. It is common amongst these circles to find people who support the idea that libertine activities such as sexual promiscuity and drug use should not only be allowed, but should be encouraged and are in fact superior ways of living than any traditional conception.

3. Rejection of the Nonaggression Principle – the core of almost all strains of libertarian thought is the ethical standard set by the nonaggression principle, however amongst this group often the nonaggression principle is seen as either to basic, or to restricting. For these and a myriad of more complex reasons, they choose to reject the defining characteristic of traditional libertarianism.

4. Rejection of the Right to Abstinence – in traditional libertarianism the right of social abstinence, that is the freedom to not engage in social interactions with certain people, is a generally uncontested position. However, neo-libertarians are perfectly willing to force businesses to cater to clients they do not desire (homosexuals, transsexuals, etc.) and are willing to force religious institutions to do the same. This in a sense follows from the last two premises and the one to follow.

5. Support for Leftist Cultural Movements – it is not uncommon to find the average neo-libertarian a supporter of left wing cultural movements such as feminism, social justice, LGBT rights, black lives matter etc.

6. Denigration of Action – typical neo-libertarians look down on many forms of political action, from defensive voting to resisting with arms.

7. Denigration of Western culture – while traditional libertarianism has no position on culture, and paleo-libertarianism and its outgrowths are markedly pro-Western culture. Many neo-libertarians have a negative view of Western culture, focusing mainly on a negative view of colonialism and traditional Western values in favor of a form of cultural relativism.

Though these are only a few examples, this should provide a distinct marker to tell the difference between someone of pure libertarian thought, and the left wing migrant. It would do the movement well that they do not let this faction take over the main organizations of libertarian thought as the neo-conservatives did to the traditional conservatives. If this were to occur, libertarianism would be close to become a lighter and less authoritarian version of left wing and neo-progressivism, and its entire founding purpose would be defeated.

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