The Faces of Libertarianism

I see no reason why traditionalists and leftist cannot peacefully co-exist within the context of decentralized political systems and autonomous enclaves. Those who object to such arrangements merely expose themselves for what they are: either aspiring totalitarians or just plain intolerant assholes.

“As I see it, there are two (likely more, though) strands of libertarianism. One could be called left-libertariainsm and the other right or traditionalist libertarianism: right libertarianism seeks to remove the welfare state from areas it should never be involved with: the family, culture, free association, and free trade, and right libertarians want smash the state so that they can experience more traditional ways of life (they want, for example, parents to have authority — not welfare bureaucrats); left-libertarians don’t like authority of any kind and they seek atomization of society.

A right libertarian doesn’t want to the welfare state to dictate gay marriage to them whereas the left libertarian believes that gay marriage is a positive good — that no one has the right to question it. Being a traditionalist is having a respect for the whole, not just the individual. One should recognize that something doesn’t come from nothing. That is, that an individual is a product of a family, an extended family (i.e, race or people) and a shared culture. In that sense, I’m a traditionalist, but that doesn’t mean that I’m an antiquarian or I simply worship old things for the sake of their being old. One could also say that to be a radical is to be a traditionalist; and to be a traditionalist is to be a radical.”

– Richard Spencer, (edited) from interview at The Libertarian last year. —

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