Libertarianism’s Estranged Saints

Over at Faith and Heritage, Jan Stadler has published an excellent article on the modern libertarian pantheon of saints, which are listed as: Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman, Murray Rothbard.

In a previous Stadler article it was highlighted how the Libertarians are similar to Marxists.

And in this article Stadler highlights how modern libertarianism reflects a Jewish perspective, which is important because they viewed themselves as outsiders within their society. Put another way, they espoused a cosmopolitan, non-Christian viewpoint.

Stadler writes:

Libertarian saints such as Mises, Hayek, Rothbard, and their contemporary demigods like Ron Paul, Rand Paul, and Justin Amash need to be suffocated out. Libertarianism’s takeover of the GOP represents the utter end of Christian America on the Right, as it, not socialism, will have effectively displaced Christianity as the prevailing worldview of the Right to stand against socialism. A more preferable alternative would be to have socialism crush libertarianism and then let socialism implode on its own.

Christianity must now stand as the antithesis to the secular thesis that is socialism and libertarianism. It needs to rediscover that it is not in fact a product of the Enlightenment, but the enemy of Enlightenment antitheism. Secularism is and will continue to carve chasms in people’s souls as they seek higher meaning in a world ruled by hedonism and materialism.

It might be positive to take Stadler’s, and related, ideas and rewrite them for a non-Christian audience, for submission to, say, counter-currents website. The reason this is a good idea is the right exists as an “against-us” alliance. Often we mistake the component factions within this alliance as holding similar goals. They do not. And Stadler’s article, rewritten for counter-currents, would strike a blow against the Nietzschean, eugenitic, and classical liberal ideas there. Counter-currents seems, to me, to hold a mix of ideas, and those non-Christians sharing some of Stadler’s values would perhaps be awakened to the differences among the factions.

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5 thoughts on “Libertarianism’s Estranged Saints

    1. weavercht Post author

      It serves my goals, but it wouldn’t surprise me if you could find factual errors.

      I’d actually probably benefit greatly from anything you had to say or link to on the matter.

      I’ll aim to post something you might better enjoy attacking in a few days if you like. I’ve been gathering quotes/arguments for what distributism means, for awhile. I prefer the term “Third Position” though, because I think it better to posit secularism against civilisation rather than Christianity, for several reasons.

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    2. weavercht Post author

      I’m sure you know I’d never intentionally bug you, with the above post. I’m not entirely familiar with your views. I know you’re something like an an-cap, but you seem sane and civilised. I’d just assumed you’re cynical about society and man. I’ve never understood “right-libertarians”.

      I know Rothbard probably doesn’t deserve to be included like that.

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  1. hawthornecht

    W;

    In light of the neoreactionary (post-libertarian) movement with millenials having a lot of praise for Hoppe, Mises, and Rothbard, as well as Thomas Carlyle, Loyalists, the South, and support for the (needless to mention, historic, non-Vatican)Catholic Church, it is absolutely facile to suggest any serious libertarian thinks Rand Paul, or Justin Amash–or Milton Freidman?–a “saint.” Ron Paul, like Pat Buchanan, have special status, not so much as saints, but heroes. Mises (whose views on Christianity were quite in line with Traditionalist critiques of Christianity) still supported the Church, at least later in life, as part of Western Civilization, which because it was the most emulated, suggested it was “superior.”

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    1. weavercht Post author

      Hawthorne,

      My attack would be capitalism is a threat to liberty as it concentrates ownership of capital, making most into wage-slaves. Capitalism creates an unstable society that inevitably leads to another form of society; Currently we’re headed towards socialism. And capitalism’s eugenic nature is questionable.

      I would use materialist arguments against it.

      Many whites take up libertarian ideas out of reaction to nonwhites benefiting unfairly from socialist policies. I realise many racialists embrace it, but their ideas must be defeated for the sake of the race/nation they claim to serve. Such is my humble view.

      I view capitalism as a great enemy. I find it a joke that “Marxism” is solely to blame. Our very defenders are also the enemy, or at least the ideas they serve. Similarly, socialists, like capitalists, can be well-intending. Good people can serve foolish ideologies. Both sets of ideas must be thwarted.

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