Skip to main content
Report this ad

See also:

Just who are these 'libertine libertarians?'

A recent article called "Coercion vs. Freedom: Making decisions down at the Y" warned libertarians to resist those who offer people one of two choices because they're not "giving" two choices; they're taking away all other choices.

Libertarians and libertines are not the same thing. Neither are librarians or Liberians or literarians.
The Free Dictionary

J. Matt Barber who writes a blog called Godfather Politics is one of those people who wants to restrict everyone's choices to his own duopolistic worldview: libertine libertarianism vs. coercive conservatism.

His definition of libertine libertarianism is based on people he saw at CPAC 2014, those who virtually all actual libertarians would describe as "libertarian-leaning," "Republican-libertarians" or "the libertarian wing of the Republican party."

Barber makes it clear that the thrust of his discontent isn't political but "The battle is moral vs. immoral. The battle is truth vs. the lie. The battle is between good and evil" and his examples are those libertine libertarians who say "I'm a 'pro-choice,' 'pro-gay' conservative," or, "Yeah, I'm shacking up with my girlfriend, big deal."

Thus his constricted choices: Either one embraces libertine libertarianism and its "welcome to chaos" else one recognizes that "Liberty without justice is only license" and "justice is defined by Him."

But real libertarians are no more or less libertine than any other category of people. Under their Zero Aggression Principle libertarians seek only to abolish coercion, intimidation and fraud so that everyone, including Barber, can live their lives on their own terms without fearing others imposing their will on them.

And that absolutely is about politics since both Republicans and Democrats believe in using the gun of criminal government to force their will on everyone else.

When everyone is free from coercion it's a matter of individual decision whether someone is pro-choice or not, pro-gay or not, shacking up with his girlfriend or boyfriend or not, and believes whether justice is defined by Him or not.

What Barber clearly doesn't get is what libertarianism really means. He doesn't seem to comprehend that many true libertarians will agree completely with his views even as many others will not.

That's because libertarians understand that a right, to be a right, must apply to everyone equally or it isn't a right, it's just another coercive entitlement.

So while Barber sees the US as "drowning in a turgid river of postmodern relativism" caused by these "libertine libertarians" he fails to get that real libertarians are actually on his side.

What real libertarians seek is Post-Statist Voluntaryism.

Don't miss a LIBERTARIAN NEWS EXAMINER article: Subscribe to my email alerts and then have fun hitting all those other social media buttons too.
Read more Reed: Dallas Libertarian Examiner.
Also twiddling with Twitter, fiddling with Facebook and blabbing on Blogger.
Now Appearing at: Author's Spotlight page and

Report this ad