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Creative Destruction: Jonathan Bowden on Libertarianism

Bowden interviewed by Richard Spencer.

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Jonathan Bowden joins Richard to discuss libertarianism, anarchy, inequality, and the fascistic aesthetics of Ayn Rand.

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  1. This was very enjoyable. I was somewhat surprised that Mr Bowden sees libertarianism as a movement of the Right. Many folks I come across who are hard-Right are fairly hostile towards libertarianism and see it is a Leftist movement. I don’t see it that way. I agree with Mr Bowden that the results of libertarianism tend to be Rightist. There are folks like the people at Free Talk Live who lean Leftist on cultural and social issues but who are anti-statist. Then there are folks like Dr Hans-Hermann Hoppe who leans Rightist on cultural and social issues but is anti-statist. So I think you can be either traditionalist or anti-traditionalist while being a libertarian. So in this way libertarianism is outside the Left-Right spectrum. But I agree with Mr Bowden that the results of libertarianism tend to be Rightist because with the state out of the way (or not interfering much) traditional values and natural elites will tend to emerge. A hierarchy will emerge. And this is definitely not Leftist.

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