British MP John Wilkes is often seen as the founder of Libertarianism. Wilkes defended the rights of individuals from the wealthy and powerful of his time. This included the Prime Minister Lord Bute and even King George III.
The modern Libertarian Movement as reconstituted in the Republican Party cannot trace its linage to Wilkes. The Founder of Right Wing Libertarianism is the University of Chicago economist Milton Friedman. The problem with this is that at his core Friedman appears to be little more than a corporate shill. Von Mises, Hayek and Friedman espoused a corporate individual system of rights as opposed to individual rights and freedoms expressed as Austrian economics. Here is the birth of the whole concept of corporations having the rights of citizens expressed in Citizens United.
Friedman got his start writing propaganda for the real estate lobby. They were called before the Buchanan Committee Congressional hearing in 1946 because the booklet Friedman had authored was deemed to be fraudulent.
At the time Friedman was working in an organization called the Foundation for Economic Education. FEE was involved in creating and promoting a new pro-business ideology that they called Libertarianism. In short, much of Right Wing ideology was launched as a pro corporate ideology by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.
The stated purpose of FEE was to support big business lobbying with a pseudo-intellectual, pseudo-economics rationale to bolster attacks on government regulations to protect consumers, attacks on public policy and organized labor. Out of this eventually come the ideas expressed in Capitalism and Freedom.
Corporate Libertarianism can essentially be boiled down to a few basic tenets as espoused by Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman. Those tenets are:
1.) Peoples strongest motivation is greed.
2.) The desire to acquire property is the highest expression of human meaning.
3.) Human greed not human altruism leads to socially desirable outcomes.
4.) Society is best served when it removes barriers to the unfettered expression of selfishness and greed.
You begin to grasp that the so called Free Markets that the Right has elevated to the position of religious dogma is at its heart the unfettered expression of selfishness and greed.
The current government shut down and the impending debt ceiling crisis can now be seen for what it is really all about and what is at stake. Obamacare is the camouflage, the underlying conflict is between corporate rights and the rights of individuals and who has the just expectation of government defending those rights. The world over more and more nations are opting for individual rights. The Right is losing but this is what could be the beginning of the last primal scream of Corporate Libertarianism even as it looks like one giant baby tantrum.