In light of recent events that transpired at the International Students for Liberty Conference, I think it’s time we all sat down and had a bit of a talk.  First though, a primer on what happened.  A certain group called the “Hans Herman Hoppe Caucus” decided to host an impromptu “break-out session” with a certain character by the name of Richard Spencer.  If you don’t recall, Spencer was caught on video at the end of a speech proclaiming “Hail Trump!  Hail our leader!”  Well, I mean “Heil Trump, Sieg Heil” would have been a little too obvious.

Anyways, Jeffrey Tucker overheard what was being discussed, and decided to voice his own opinion.  Tensions flared, and hotel security intervened before things escalated any further.  Before I go any further, it should also be mentioned that Spencer and the “Hoppe Caucus” were not invited to the conference.

Now that that’s out of the way, it brings us to the question– Should libertarians ally themselves with the “Alt-right Movement?”  The answer I think, should be obvious: absolutely not.

“Cuck!”  “Social degenerate advocate!”

Insults aside, the Alt-Right represents ideas that are antithetical to the ideas of individual human liberty.  No matter how much some libertarians will proclaim that people in the Alt-right “value private property,” it does not change the fact that it is an authoritarian movement at its core.  But what is an “authoritarian?”

From a psychological standpoint, an authoritarian is someone who has a strong desire for order, and high amounts of feelings of disgust.  Throughout history, regimes such as Mao’s China, Stalin’s Soviet Union, Hitler’s Germany, and Mussolini’s Italy all had one thing in common– the desire for a “pure society.”  The result of this desire lead to the deaths of as many as 100 million people between 1922 and 1962, and that doesn’t include the Second World War.  On a personal sidenote, two of my maternal great-grandparents fled Mussolini’s Italy to the United States.

The Alt-right’s view of an ideal society is one of ethnic nationalism in which the white population is protected from “outsiders”– namely immigrants, Muslims, gays, etc.  They see the idea of human beings who don’t look, think, and feel exactly the same interacting with each other as a dangerous concept.  Every society that has gone this route has inevitably seen a growth in the powers of the State.

Libertarianism on the other hand views that the ideal society is one in which spontaneous, voluntary interactions between individuals leads to the best chance of human beings living in an ideal world.  To quote Jeffrey Tucker,

“The libertarian believes that the best and most wonderful social outcomes are not those planned, structured, and anticipated, but rather the opposite. Society is the result of millions and billions of small acts of rational self interest that are channeled into an undesigned, unplanned, and unanticipated order that cannot be conceived by a single mind. The knowledge that is required to put together a functioning social order is conveyed through institutions: prices, manners, mores, habits, and traditions that no one can consciously will into existence. There must be a process in place, and stable rules governing that process, that permit such institutions to evolve, always in deference to the immutable laws of economics.”

With in libertarianism, there is a faction that increasingly wants to associate with the Alt-right.  Like the Alt-right, they obsess over things like IQ differences between different races of people.  The world has a “natural ruling elite,” and a libertarian society should be one that is of a high IQ level.  Unfortunately, IQ and the concept of eugenics are linked.  In this view, intelligence is inherited, and is largely fixed.  While there is evidence linking IQ and success, IQ ultimately is a flawed way of measuring intelligence due to the complexity of human beings.

This faction is of course quite small, but it is very vocal, and its actions only serve to empower dangerous groups on the far Left such as Antifa.  While I don’t agree with many people on the Left, I also recognize that they’re not all a bunch of rioters smashing Starbucks windows, demanding everybody to “check their privilege.”  For the same reason, I don’t associate everyone on the right with ideas and beliefs of Richard Spencer.  It would be collectivist bullshit to do so.  Constantly calling everyone who doesn’t completely agree with a “communist” (or fascist for that matter) does absolutely no good, and furthermore makes it harder to identify actual communists and or fascists.

Now, I did not attend the conference, nor do I know anyone who attend, invited or not.  However, being isolated does keep out of echo chambers, and I can see things others may not.  There aren’t that many libertarians in the world, and the actions and beliefs of some “libertarians” will only serve to keep the numbers small.  If libertarians want to see the ideas of individual human liberty expanded into more of the population, then they would be wise to stop trying to make an alliance with the Alt-right.  It’s a road that leads straight to tyranny, and ultimately disorder.