Libertarian-Conservatism and the New Conservative American Political PartySubmitted by bobbyw24 on Sun, 08/22/2010 - 10:06
The Daily Bell is pleased to present an exclusive interview with Nelson Hultberg (left).
Introduction: Mr. Hultberg is a freelance writer in Dallas, Texas and the Executive Director of Americans for a Free Republic. His articles have appeared in such publications as The Dallas Morning News, the San Antonio Express-News, The American Conservative, Insight, The Freeman, and Liberty, as well as numerous Internet sites. He is the author of Why We Must Abolish The Income Tax And The IRS (1997) and has just written a new book titled, The Conservative Revolution: Why We Must Form a Third Political Party to Win It. In addition, he has a major work on political philosophy, The Golden Mean: The Case for Libertarian Politics and Conservative Values, that is to be released in this coming year.
Daily Bell: There's a lot we want to discuss, so thanks for another interview. Your insights are always welcome. We spoke about an Anglo-America power elite last time. What's your sense of how this elite is positioned in the early 21st century? Are they disturbed by the amount of analysis and attention their activities are receiving?
Nelson Hultberg: I think they are very disturbed by the amount of attention their activities are getting from the freedom movement. But it is a disturbance spawned by scorn for those they conceive to be conservative rubes woefully ignorant of the "great beneficence" that they the elites wish to impose upon us.
They should be having recurring nightmares over the potential cataclysm that is descending upon the world because of their criminal policies. But they're not because, as incredible as it sounds, they don't really grasp the full implications of what they and their predecessors have wrought. Powerful and intellectual humans are quite capable of blinding themselves to the big truths of existence. In fact, I would say that such blinding is the norm throughout history, rather than the exception. This is why man's history is such a tumultuous travesty of tyranny and evil, with but interludes of sanity and freedom.
The Greek and Roman republics, the flowering of the late Middle Ages, the Elizabethan Age, Jefferson's Republic of States were but brief interludes. Tyrannical collectivism has dominated the societies of the world throughout history via the Pharaohs, the Caesars, the Byzantine Empire, the Inquisition, Rousseau and the Jacobins of the Enlightenment, Comte and Marx of the 19th century, the communists and fascists of the 20th century, up to the velvet glove totalitarians of the Nanny State today working so relentlessly to spread coercive egalitarianism to all mankind.
Thus we have to ask ourselves, are these corporate, bureaucratic, and intellectual elites throughout the West just greedy power lusters fully aware of the value of freedom, but too evil and Machiavellian to work for it? Or are they the ugly norm of "old world collectivism" manifesting once again through the evolution of a warped zeitgeist? Do they understand that freedom and prosperity require the absence of intrusive government? That Mises and Hayek were right? That the Great Depression was caused by excessive government inflation of the money supply after the inception of the Federal Reserve in 1913?
Daily Bell: And the answer is?
Nelson Hultberg: Hardly. They think that free enterprise is the culprit, that it is immoral and dangerous, racked with contradictions and basically unworkable as Adam Smith portrayed it. They think this way because of the modern zeitgeist laid down in their brains by the ideologies of Rousseau, Comte, Marx and Keynes that have resurrected the "old world collectivism" that has plagued mankind since ancient times. The elites believe devoutly that they must intervene aggressively and perpetually so as to guide the economy (and its hapless individuals) through the "treacherous storms of reality," when, of course, it is they and their Marxist-Keynesian fallacies that have created the treacherous storms. But they can't see this monumental truth because they are blinded by hubris and false ideology.
Daily Bell: So are these elites just ideologically misguided moguls, bureaucrats and intellectuals striving to collectivize the West?
Nelson Hultberg: Certainly not. They are greed driven, amoral power seekers that have been poisoned by the ideologies of Marx and Keynes in their formative years. It is this ideological poisoning combined with their power lust that drives them to establish a One World Government. Marxism / Keynesianism allows them to think they are fashioning an ideal political-economic system for the nations of the world. It gives them their moral zealotry. And naturally they envision themselves as the ones who are to run this "ideal" One World Government. Thus it is greed, power lust and ideology that form the roots of our problem here.
Daily Bell: We deal extensively with the promotional themes of the elite. Are fear-based promotions having a more difficult time of it? Global warming for instance seems to be leaking credibility.