Libertarians And The Alt-Right: Brothers In Arms Toward Leftist Destruction

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Lately, there has been a great deal of petty bickering going on between libertarians and members of the alt-right. This turf war is being waged primarily through social media, and much of the time, it is centered around disputes on contentious issues such as multiculturalism and open borders. Instead of arguing about the specifics of these nuanced issues and further dividing the two factions, libertarians and members of the alt-right should find common cause against on their extremely dangerous, increasingly deranged, and virulently statist enemies of the political left.

The Impact of the Alt-Right

At the current moment, the alt-right is emboldened by their perceived success. Whether true or not, they have given themselves credit for memeing Donald Trump into the White House. Based on the media coverage of their exploits, it is hard to disagree with this assessment. Hillary Clinton read Alex Jones’ conspiracy theories and ridiculous headlines penned by Milo Yiannopoulos at live events during the height of campaign season. Her campaign actually released an online resource depicting Pepe the Frog as a white supremacist threat. The alt-right is the left’s preferred boogeyman of the moment, a distinction that libertarians enjoyed at the height of the tea party era.

Sadly, many libertarians have reacted to the alt-right with much of the same admonition as the left. They have repeated talking points straight out of CNN, led by the once relevant Jack Hunter and other creatures of Washington D.C. swamp. These hacks are only concerned about protecting their bread and butter and refuse to see the bigger picture. At the very least, libertarians should be cackling feverishly at the Idiocracy-meets-the-Twilight-Zone new political normal that has resulted due to Trumpmania. Libertarians should appreciate the bizarre and ruinous impact that the alt-right is having on the body politic at large.

Libertarians Need to Regroup

Libertarians are well-understood to be tedious squabblers, and the pressure has really highlighted this unfortunate trait. It was an undeniably poor election cycle with Rand Paul putting forth an underwhelming effort, and Gary Johnson becoming a national joke. Rather than looking in the mirror and re-evaluating, libertarians would rather focus their ire on the alt-right out of jealousy. Many of those who now identify as alt-right were former libertarians who drifted toward a new cause after getting disaffected. This has only exacerbated tensions as these defectors are seen as “sell-outs” by pious libertarians.

Myopic libertarians have lost focus of what is truly important. The totalitarian leftist threat marches forward on a grand scale as they now openly pine for Orwellian censorship of the media and the overthrow of free and fair elections. Recognizing these facts, it seems very silly that libertarians are so enraged at the alt-right because they occasionally go a little overboard with their trolling escapades. Besides, the alt-right has emerged as a safe haven for libertarians. It has allowed libertarians to eek out some additional freedom and can have a cleansing effect on the liberty movement if it is properly embraced.

Remember that it wasn’t the alt-right that squandered all of the momentum that the liberty movement had built up during Ron Paul’s heroic Presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012. It was the “leaders” of the liberty movement themselves who blew it big time. These figureheads thought that by conceding principle, they could open up a big tent. They thought that by pandering a little bit here and there, they should create a winning coalition. They drank the beltway kool aid and conformed to those values. They became more concerned about getting on the covers of magazines that haven’t been relevant in decades than with the concerns of the conservative and liberty-minded grassroots. These are the figures who deserve your full ire, and the alt-right should be celebrated as a necessary reaction against a failed brand of politics.

Meet Your Friend, Pepe

When Rand Paul swept his father under the rug on the campaign trail and attempted to “be his own man” by pandering to social justice warriors and minorities, Pepe was there. He never turned his back on you. Pepe gave you a pat on the back when you were down. He gave you a much-needed release valve when times got tough.

After Gary Johnson took Rand Paul’s pandering to the next level and squandered all of the credibility that Ron Paul had built up over the span of a generation, Pepe was there. He didn’t care if you offended SJWs, in fact, he happily lends himself to it whenever possible. Did you even go overboard and deploy a few extra parentheses in the midst of your frustration? Pepe didn’t care. He never judged you.

When Penn Jillette publicly supported Hillary Clinton, Pepe was fine with you sharing a photoshop of the libertine magician being tossed from a helicopter by Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. After cucktarian extraordinaire Jeffrey Tucker wrote about being triggered by “terrorist” sidewalk chalk, Pepe didn’t care how brutal and tactless you were in deriding him. As long as you stay true to your culture and your people, Pepe will be by your side!

Establishing a Middle Ground

As much as the libertarian movement may be in shambles, the alt-right is far from perfect itself. The wide-open, leaderless nature of the movement has stopped the alt-right from being co-opted by charlatans to a certain degree, but conversely, it has allowed fringe ideologies to take root.

Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute gained national infamy during a “Hail Trump” display that the mainstream media seized upon. Of course, it was incredibly overblown, but optics such as Spencer’s display are not going to help the alt-right. These types of episodes will turn off people who are in the middle and make them generally empathize with social justice causes. The untenable fantasy of a white-dominated nation gets in the way of the most important goal: crushing the political left.

Members of the alt-right shouldn’t publicly deride these fringe figures. When libertarians virtue-signaled incessantly to “prove” to the mainstream media that they weren’t racist, it sent the fanatics running for the door, which in turn helped to create the alt right. Be sure never to repeat those mistakes. However, alt-righters should organically gravitate toward controversial figures such as Gavin McInnes, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson, Steven Crowder, and Stefan Molyneux who are provocative, entertaining, bombastic, and expose the left with clever antics while not openly harboring any sort of racial agenda.

Both movements are works in progress, but the members of the alt-right and libertarians can aid each other’s efforts by focusing on crushing common enemies. The political left and corporate bootlickers within the conservative/libertarian movement are very vulnerable right now. Together, both movements can work as a steamroller against these despicable interests. We can remove the final impediments that are preventing a far more effective and ferocious political movement from forming on the right. Getting the entrenched elites out of the picture works for both causes. All hands on deck are needed for this titanic effort.

That is why, despite our differences, I am proudly extending an olive branch to the alt-right on behalf of libertarians worldwide. A restored culture and a restored freedom shall be our future if we put aside our petty differences and unite. For the sake of Western civilization, I hope and pray that we make the correct choice.

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Shane has been an activist for liberty-related causes for over 10 years. He is the Media Relations Director of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Michigan, State Director of the Michigan Tenth Amendment Center, and County Coordinator for Michigan Campaign for Liberty.

  • The Alt-Reich is really left wing itself, so the premise is very moronic. Libertarians wanting to ride the Trump Train, how “quaint”.

    • Have fun on the sidelines accomplishing nothing, buddy.

    • Keeping the country from turning socialist and fascist? I’m fine with that. Have fun being a Brown……. errrr Orange shirt “comrade”. I’ll “sit on the sidelines” with real Americans. You know the good guys always win in the end, right? Enjoy your fleeting ride on the Trump Train, your life of shame will soon come.

    • Enjoy the irrelevance and obscurity, pal. You’ve really earned it.

    • Don’t worry, the shoe will soon be on the other foot. Enjoy being a bot, bot.

    • Joseph Ahner

      Any libertarian with half a brain should want do derail the trump train rather than ride it.

      • Rascal

        libertarians do not have the boots on the ground to win anything, let alone national politics. Opposing the Trump train outright, will be the final nail in the coffin for lolbertarianism.

  • Libertarians…I’m OK you’re OK…what a great political philosophy. Right up there with Shangrila and Utopia.

    • Joseph Ahner

      Shangri La relied on divine power. Utopia was an accurate description of the American Government today in how it was supposed to function.

    • What’s Utopian about letting people live their own lives as long as they aren’t hurting anyone else? Seems pretty practical to me.

  • 1. Liberty vs. Authoritarianism
    2. Multiculturalism vs. White nationalism
    3. Laissez faire vs. protectionism
    4. Classical liberalism vs. right-wing neofascism.
    These are all reasons why libertarians and the Alt-Right should never even be mentioned in the same sentence.

    • Enjoy accomplishing nothing in your losers club then, kid

    • Shane G Trejo “It is better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied. And if the fool is of a different opinion, it is only because they know only their own side of the question.”

    • You’re an extremely arrogant and delusional loser, kid. Enjoy irrelevance and obscurity. You have earned it.

    • You’ve just made my case better than I ever could. Thanks!

    • Libertarians are against multiculturism

    • I met plenty of libertarians who are against the cult of multiculturalism. Social justice warriors are lovers of government sponsored multiculturalism.

      • SJWs are not even a thing in my opinion. They are underemployed narcissists. The Libertarians are simply saying they want the right to be left alone. “Pardon me . . . . you must have me confused with somebody who gives a shucky-darn.”

    • I support Luke’s right to have an honest opinion, but I have my right to present an opposing view in a sensible manner that is not popular to the political and cultural establishments.

    • so I guess you would be more comfortable with Hillary Clinton or Angela Merkel?

      • Brian Ryman

        False equivalency. You show very little understanding of the issues.

    • Rascal

      Multiculturalism doesn’t define libertarianism. That is the goofiest thing I have ever heard. If anything libertarians are SUPPOSED to be supportive of freedom of association, not forced diversity at the barrel of a gun.

      And people wonder why cucked lolbertarianism and the Alt Right clash.

      • Robert Enders

        We would allow diversity, but we wouldn’t make it manditory. The alt-right actively opposes diversity and wants to forbid it.

        • Rascal

          In White neighborhoods, among Whites that WANT to live in a White neighborhood, that is called freedom of association. Diversity for diversities sake is unnatural.

          • Robert Enders

            Segregation is also unnatural. But so is the device that you are using to read this. “Unnatural” is not an arguement.

          • Rascal

            Sure it is. If diversity were natural it wouldn’t need to be enacted at gun point. You are not even a libertarian as far as I am concerned, but a progressive that worships muh diversity.

          • Robert Enders

            1. Freedom of association means you get to pick your own roommate. But if a black guy moves in next door, then you have a black neighbor. Nobody is making you be friends with him.
            2. There are still parts of this country where you can go years without seeing any black people. I don’t think it’s good thing or a bad thing, but if that is something you want, you can find it if you look hard enough. Nobody is going to seek you out and force you to live in Harlem.

          • Rascal

            Don’t be so dumb. HUD housing, and refugee settling is forced diversity. At gun point. That is ultimately what people like you support.

            If you want to live around blacks how about you move to Somalia, instead of moving Somalia to my neighborhood? How about we try that out instead.

          • notgivingname2amachine

            Actually the HUD has been working to send section 8 tenants, based solely on race, into neighborhoods with a strong white majority population.

          • Robert Enders

            Well if you live in a section 8 neighborhood, you’re going to have to expect diversity, Cletus. I liked my old neighborhood. The black people never bothered me, and I didn’t have to pay property taxes because my house valued at less than $10,000. It was a Libertarian paradise.

    • Rascal

      In the end people like yourself are nothing more than reheated progressive neocons. Boring, and everything you preach has already failed.

  • Joseph Ahner

    I cannot ally myself with a group that has less to do with liberty than even the Republican mainstream. Association with the Alt-Right is something Libertarians must avoid at all costs lest we be associated with their racial epithets and the whole host of National Socialist bullshit they are peddling and confined to the fringe with their crazy asses.

    • Rascal

      “Liberty” is often used as a substitute for ‘suicidal’ in today’s politics. No, I do not support the suicide of my nation.

    • notgivingname2amachine

      Good luck getting a majority brown America to vote for your lolbertarianism. Everyone except whites views their interests racially, which is more in line with reality, but I’m sure they will drop that entirely and lose interest in government looting of those who have more (ie anyone not freshly from the third world) suddenly some day for no reason and suddenly take up liberty despite being against their immediate interests.

      Western culture is ‘white’ by definition. You won’t preserve it with a minority white democracy.

      This is why I gave up on libertarianism and embraced my people and my culture – the only culture that has produced liberty in the way libertarians define it. I’m young, I’m intelligent, I’m dedicated, and I’m a year away from graduating to a 100% employment rate field. The future is with us. There is no western civilization without western man.

  • “When libertarians virtue-signaled incessantly to “prove” to the mainstream media that they weren’t racist, it sent the fanatics running for the door, which in turn helped to create the alt right. ”

    Wait losing the fanatics was supposed to be a bad thing?

    • Shane

      If you like how Gary and Rand did this year, you should be very happy with losing the fanatics.

    • Rascal

      Yea, have fun never winning a single county in a national election.

  • Whether or not you think it’s fair for libertarians to be lumped in with the alt-right on principles, it’s impossible to ignore the impact the liberty movement had in the birthing and growth of the alt right. The alt right would never have reached its recent status as something close to a household name if it wasn’t for the liberty movement. Libertarians essentially fostered it for years- in many cases borrowing and using content from it. The substantial connections between the two schools of thought are impossible to deny.

    • Robert

    • Kevin

    • If we want to defeat the alt-right, we should stop coddling with leftists on critical issues such as immigration, cultural marxism, and trade. People in the liberty movement must confront these issues in a manner that is frank and condemn the beltway talking points about creating a globalist world fantasy that makes Democrats blush even harder.

    • It’s conservatives who have long misappropriated libertarian rhetoric, not the other way around. Moreover, SJWs and the alt-right are both vile, and libertarians should have nothing to do with either.

  • National Socialists, are Socialists. Screw them. I would not spit on them if they were on fire.

  • joelhfx

    Totally agree. I was sickened by what the Libertarian movement became during this election season. They appeared to be Democrats in disguise and nothing more.

  • Most of today’s libertarians have become useless tools who have rejected the great minds of Rothbard and Hoppe. Murray and HHH would, by today’s standards, be considered part of the alt right.

  • The Alt Right has accomplished more in less time than libertarians have ever accomplished. They have done far more to penetrate the mainstream as of late. Libertarians remain obscure and irrelevant. The libertarian moment has passed. Libertarians are just a bunch of potheads for low taxes at this point.

    • Robert Enders

      I’ll give this. You conquered Poland and France pretty quickly, and you almost made it to Moscow.

      • Libertarianism is irrelevant. you just proved this by acting like an SJW Cultural Marxist.

  • Rascal

    Good article Shane. While I am Alt Right myself, I respect people like you that actually deal in reality, as opposed to some fairy tale, abolsutist land.

  • Robert Enders

    I like how people who claim that the Libertarian movement is in shambles act like there was a golden age of libertarianism when we were winning elections and influencing public policy. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, kids.

  • sirjamesthegood

    Milo, PJW, Alex Jones, Breitbart, Gavin etc aren’t alt-right–too moderate. Neither is Stephen “Kill all the Kikes” Crowder–way too far right for the alt-right! He makes Hitler look like Bernie.

  • Mike

    Right vs. Left. Unite, the left is on their knees, let’s settle petty differences and help each other on what we agree on. I’m a libertarian, I want freedom and liberty, and I respect when people are brave and not whiny socialists. The alt right are many of our brothers and sisters, our comrades who also hate leftism. Let’s pay out respect to eachother and start accomplishing more than just making dank memes.

  • Hogeye Bill

    The reason libertarians can’t get along with the alt-right is simple: The alt-right are “deranged, and virulently statist” culture nazis. The descriptive name for alt-right (ne paleo-conservative) is “culture statist.” Libertarians are, by definition, against statism. This new alt-right brand of progressive is no different from lefty brands. Like all progressives, they want to enforce their vision of society by government aggression – most famously by kidnapping people without government papers. This article is analogous to an article asking libertarians to support drug prohibitionists. Ugh! Have you no shame?

    • notgivingname2amachine

      “by kidnapping people without government papers”
      lol, nobody remotely takes you seriously when you say stuff like this.

  • ADistinguishedGentleman

    Alt-right is equivalent to white nationalism, dingus. Of course it’s racist. Can’t have Western Civilization without western people.

  • Vermin Supreme

    Fuck that noise.

  • Hogeye Bill

    Libertarianism is totally incompatible with culture statism, aka the alt-right.

    http://catallaxyfiles.com/2016/09/03/cross-post-jeffrey-tucker-five-differences-between-the-alt-right-and-libertarianism/

  • Adriaan Brae

    Why would Libertarians want to “crush the left”? Let alone join forces with a bunch of hard-right statists in order to do so? We Libertarians reject your entire right-left philosophy that keeps the common folk busy fighting over scraps of freedom whilst your masters among the 1% call the tune. Our voice may be a small one, but to be subsumed it under the “alt-right” fascists would extinguish it complety. Better to be a quiet whisper for freedom than part of the roar for intolerance and oppression.

  • Brian Ryman

    Perhaps the worst article I have read in months. The author shows that he is extremely confused about what constitutes libertarianism and fails to see how alt-right authoritarianism shares nothing with libertarian ideals. Simply because we both reject the statist left does not make us allies.
    Libertarians believe in individual liberty. The alt-right is a nationalist movement. Libertarians value diversity because we recognize that each individual has value and that truth is not threatened by a variety of opinions or cultural sentiments. The alt-right demands nationalistic conformity and is threatened by new ideas.
    Contrary to the opinion expressed by the author of this article, the enemy of our enemy is not our friend. But then the alt-right wouldn’t understand that as they hail from a tradition that first gained political traction due to the threat of Stalinist advances. Just as fascism was not a valid alternative to soviet socialism, the alt-right does not offer a legitimate alternative to the current iteration of state socialism.

  • Zeno

    I’d rather have a socialist president than a fascist. The only thing more dangerous than radicalized statist-communism is fascism, and I will never align myself with a fascist.

  • Zeno

    As a Libertarian, if I could crush the alt-right movement and take the Libertarian party with it, leaving the political left to completely dominate the US, I would do it in a heartbeat.

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