Libertarians and Culture



A running summary of my posts on topics of libertarianism (left, center and right) and culture.

Left-Libertarians: A deep-dive into the history and roots of left-libertarian thinking, through the writing of a prominent advocate of this view, Kevin Carson.

Antonio Gramsci Libertarians: It turns out that the left-libertarian desire to require “libertarian” to mean “libertine,” thus radically transforming culture, has something in common with Gramsci’s communist plan to transform society.  While the left-libertarians predict an outcome that conforms to the non-aggression principle, it is the communists who are realistic about the direction society will take when culture is destroyed.

Hoppe’s Realistic Libertarianism: Having been quite critical of “thick” libertarians of the left, I was challenged to take Hoppe on in the same manner.  I was glad I did; it was an eye-opening journey – as several of the following posts will demonstrate.

Hoppe and Immigration: The subject of immigration examined through the lens of property rights.  A novel thought, one that more libertarians might consider.

Dances With Elephants: A mosquito dares tread on the immigration battleground of two giants, Hoppe and Block.

Compared to What?: It is easy to write about immigration in libertarian theory applied to a libertarian world.  It gets a little tougher to apply this libertarian theory in this world.  Jacob Hornberger asks: Are immigration controls a good thing?  I say, good?  Compared to what?

The State and Land: Who owns government property?  Can the state own land?  What does this have to do with immigration and culture?

Open Borders: Case Study: Merkel gave open borders libertarians their biggest wet dream ever – a real life case study to see how their theory works out in the real world.  Let’s see how it’s going so far.

Why Culture Matters: A generally accepted culture goes a long way toward reducing opportunities for conflict.  Culture evolving slowly and naturally, through voluntary associations, occurs daily and is generally harmless.  Culture changed dramatically, via war or other government pronouncements for example, is often quite destructive of social order; which then results in calls for someone to do something – by force.  This might be why government works so hard to destroy culture.

Libertarian Open Borders: As noted, Merkel gave libertarian open borders advocates a great opportunity to examine their theory being put into practice.  I have seen not one such advocate take advantage of this magnificent gift and write a case study using this example in defense of the position.  In this post I ask if anyone else has seen such an examination.

Borders Neither Open or Closed: Richman Gets it Right: Sheldon Richman, a prominent left-libertarian, gets it right: libertarian borders are managed.

The Silence is Deafening: Noting that I had received hundreds of comments on my several posts on open borders and culture, my two most recent posts Libertarian Open Borders and Borders Neither Open or Closed: Richman Gets it Right, received almost no feedback.  Why so little feedback on these two, after hundreds of comments previously?  I wonder….

Borders and Culture: I respond to a critique offered by one Paul Bonneau.  In it, I am criticized for views that are common to his – I don’t get it.  Further, other critiques are in response to things I have never written.  Still, you might find it a worthwhile read….

The Real Action is in the Reaction of the Opposition: Imagine my surprise to find that the clash of cultures in Germany on New Year’s Eve resulted in calls for draconian police action.  Merkel’s open borders: just following the Saul Alinsky playbook.

The Camp: My humble attempt at integrating the storyline from the novel The Camp into today’s real world.

Backlash on Open Borders: Once again, imagine my surprise to find that open borders in Europe results in a political backlash, moving toward calls for even more authoritarian government measures.

Borders, Culture, and Decentralization: Guess what (although it shouldn’t be a surprise)?  Murray Rothbard understands the value of culture in checking and reducing the power of the state!

Open Borders in THIS World: As I introduce the post: “Merkel’s open borders pronouncement is the gift that keeps on giving in this libertarian debate about borders and immigration.”  It turns out you cannot have open borders without government intervention.

Property, Discrimination, and Exclusion: A brief, self-administered quiz, aimed to help you explore your own views on the topic.

The Preconditions: An exploration of one of the responses to the above, self-administered quiz.

Libertarian Open Borders: Oxymoron in Theory and Practice: In this post, I examine the harsh reality when open borders in theory butts up against Angela Merkel’s open borders policy in practice.

Dialogue (Such as it is) With Jacob Hornberger on Open Borders


Libertarian: Left, Center, and Right: Recognizing that the application of libertarian theory in a world populated by humans needs to take into account…humans.

Culture and Liberty: A common culture – and a culture beyond merely the NAP – is necessary if we are ever to move closer to a libertarian society. 

Apparently Some Confusion?: Someone asks Walter Block about something he believes is contradictory on my part.  I decide to respond anyway.

The Logical Inconsistency of Open Borders...: Inconsistent in anarchism, impossible in minarchism.

Get Off (on) My Lawn: Culture matters if you want peace.

Evolving Culture and Adherence to Abstraction: Sheldon Richman defines libertarianism into a one-person phone-booth.

Jacob Hornberger Carries Sheldon Richman’s Water: Hornberger decides to reply to the above post on behalf of Richman.

I Will Keep This One Simple: Libertarian theory does not hold a simple, yes / no answer on the topic of immigration and borders.

Open Borders: No Answer in the Non-Aggression Principle: An answer to open borders and immigration cannot be deduced via the non-aggression principle.  For anarchists, as there is no state and therefore no state borders, the only borders are private – and these, most certainly, will not be “open.”  For minarchists, how will the state serve its “defense” function without knowing who crosses its borders and for what purpose?

Rothbard and Open Borders: Rothbard on open borders and culture.

Uncomfortable Questions: Questions that should be faced by any libertarian theorist attempting to provide application to the real world.

Immigration: A Human Right?: Bryan Caplan is more left-wing than the United Nations on this topic.

Why They Hate Rothbard: The libertarian left (meaning, mainstream libertarians) hate Rothbard because he does not embrace every conceivable, culture-destroying, made-up, positive “human right.”

Mises on Immigration and Nation: Joe Salerno has done an excellent job of capturing and summarizing Mises’ view on this topic.  Given his background, Mises is rather qualified to speak on both.

Sloppy Language Results in Sloppy Thinking: Words have meaning; the term “nation” is an important concept.

Nation: What do communists, global democrats, and many libertarians have in common?  According to Rothbard, it is hate of the nation.

Musings on Immigration and Running From the Truth: One of the aforementioned libertarians writes openly about his hatred of nation; other, more polite, libertarians want to pretend such hatred is not at the base of the open borders crowd.

Kulturkampf!: Rothbard writes of the culture war – finally taken up by the right (in 1992).

The “Future” of Whose “Freedom” Foundation?: Immigration as a human right?  Not again!

Liberté sans Fraternité?: Is liberty possible without fraternity, some other cultural aspects that bind community together?

NAP Time: My response to several topics raised on the value of culture.  My frustration comes shining through, as in the face of overwhelming evidence to the liberty-destroying results of destroying culture in Europe, such can be denied.

No True Scotsman: It is acceptable – and some would say required – that a true libertarian would support all manner of libertine behavior.  One thing and one thing only is not allowed to receive support from a true libertarian: religion.  Really.  Why?

Success!: My first breakthrough with Walter Block on the topic of immigration and open borders.  This post specifically deals with the vast expanses of government controlled land: who owns this?

And the Dying Cheer: Man is most free when law comes from God (or common, historical, culture), and not when man is invented by the enlightened.

Block and bionic Duke it Out: My second breakthrough with Walter Block, wherein he is at least considering that his libertarian position on immigration and borders might not be libertarian after all.

Man Destroys God: Friedrich Nietzsche of “God is dead” fame, understands the negative ramifications of this better than most.

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