Thursday, June 22, 2017

Weaponizing Libertarian Political Positions

Social Matter popped up recently with Destroy the Cartels, which reminded me of my own How To End The Drug War (And Win).

It also made me realise that I've been thinking of what are basically weaponized versions of libertarian thought.

In the link above, I talk about out competing the violent Mexicans- America already caused the violent Mexican problem by destroying the Columbians and the Carribean supply lines. You can take the air out of the Mexicans by taking over the trade and it's much easily to end such a trade if you own the supply- because then you know who is demanding it, and you can start making demand drop over the generations (or quickly if you just have to be all jackboot-ish about it).

Then there's going beyond the second amendment:
It is, however, within these governors' power to train and arm most of their citizens. Think about it. A lot of these guys are allegedly pro-gun too, and they can shift that debate, if every citizen who is able bodied and competent has a civic duty to keep and bear arms. Don't forget to supersede the gun-free zones, and, of course, everyone will need to be able to carry concealed.

That won't just knock the anti-gun crap off the table, it would develop a new class of people. Because not everybody is going to pass the test. And those who do form the new core of civil society.

Then there's one I know I've mentioned before but can't find: productivity is supposed to have something do with wages, but libertarians make the mistake of saying just stay out of the way. So we end up with the minimum wage- because the left never passes up a chance to legislate- and we end up with various departments in our businesses and organizations that are fundamentally political and have nothing to do with productivity. So, somehow managing to enforce the correlation between production and wages means being able to lower the wages of many contributors to leftist parties.

Most Economy of Scale Arguments Are Bogus In This Country, so you can feel pretty reasonable about ignoring them, although preferably not in the leftist way where you use the excuse of large companies to create the conditions for even larger companies. This is why Amazon exists- their 'economy of scale' and therefore size, is due entirely to government. Spreading government costs over the maximum number of transactions possible on the one hand, and using the debt backed dollar in low interest rate environment to destroy competition on the other. Not 'free market' at all, just the sort of wildfire bad governance spreads. We can not only let 'too big to fail' fail, we can also be reasonably sure the big are using government to take advantage and act accordingly.

Either we have private property and freedom of association or we don't. If we do have private property and freedom of association, then white nationalists can create their ethnostate. I don't know whether or not that is weaponizing libertarianism, but I do wish the damn libertarian party would have focused more on that rather than have a pot head call everyone racist for the entire campaign. But anyway, if the white nationalist can do it, so can anyone. And the goal can be anything, like a more Christian state, or a more environmentally appropriate one, etc... Or try to recreate Hong Kong or Singapore, but remember you need to solve the IQ conundrum or your precious 'free market' will fail at some point.

But anyway, I think a lot of the alt-right/neoreactionary stuff showed up as we worked through the implications of logic. If private property is this big deal, and distribution of labor is this other big deal, and evolution yet another big deal, then democracy is unacceptable. Owners decide what happens to their property, and property accrues to those with the skill to administrate it. The libertarian case for the ancient regimes in two fucking sentences. No, we can't just give it back- we may have old blood lines around, but they've all been tainted by the current environment, which favors the bureaucratic mind. But we've got to get back on track and hold to the track. Trump wants to get rid of the death tax; he wants families to be able to pass down their estates through the generations, and this may well be the most important policy of them all. Reduce the scope of 'public' government. Estates, and private property in general, are private governance. And from them we also derive competitive governance...

We can't really stop at nationalism. We've got to get off the modern state train entirely.

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