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Great Response on LRC to Salon/Michael Lind Attack on Liberty Movement

Authoritarian Attacks Libertarians

by Andrew Walker

In a recent article for Salon.com, Michael Lind, author of books such as Vietnam: The Necessary War, purports to explain "Why Libertarians Apologize for Autocracy." Lind's evidence for the existence of an inner autocrat lurking beneath the libertarian fondness for peace and liberty ranges from the familiar claim that dissent from the official narrative of the Civil War makes one an apologist for slavery to less often heard accusations of libertarian support for former Chilean strongman Augusto Pinochet. Things get especially bizarre when Lind discovers a previously unknown libertarian love affair with Benito Mussolini. In fact, his article consistently takes passages out of their context and repeatedly sets up strawmen, either intentionally or out of a lack of understanding of libertarian thought.

Lind opens with a passage from Ludwig von Mises in Liberalism. Writing in 1927, Mises observed:

"It cannot be denied that Fascism and similar movements aimed at the establishment of dictatorships are full of the best intentions and that their intervention has for the moment saved European civilization. The merit that Fascism has thereby won for itself will live on eternally in history."

However, Lind leaves out the concluding line of the paragraph, where Mises warned....


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Andrew Walker?

Is this the same Andrew Walker from that youtube channel REP Freedom Force? Man I did not realize you guys had such depth of knowledge and articulation! When will this sort of thing appear in your videos?

Great piece!

I got a good laugh out of this paragraph:

Returning to the present, Lind hypothesizes that one reason libertarians do not see democracy as the best of all possible worlds is that a majority of people support "all sorts of interventions in individual behavior that libertarians object to, from laws banning nudity in public to laws mandating that people support their children, do not torture or neglect their pets and water their lawns during droughts according to scheduled rationing." Apparently, in the absence of a majority vote telling them not to, people will frolic naked in sprinklers during droughts, after which they will go home, take dog food away from cute little Mr. Muggles and feed it to their kids instead. Libertarians do not believe that there will be no law in the presence of a minimal state or in the state's complete absence. Rather than chaos, they envision what Hayek called "spontaneous order." In a society based on non-coercive, voluntary human interaction, law comes from the ground up, rather than being imposed from the top down by bureaucratic edict from the local Department of Sprinklers.

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