With so many articles appearing in the Big Government-loving media attempting to smear libertarians as slavery-loving “Neo-Confederates,” like a recent one from ThinkProgress, libertarians need to update Gandhi’s famous dictum about mass movements:
“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then they invent silly strawman fallacies and fight the strawman, then you win.” – Neo-Gandhism.
These charges of “Neo-Confederate libertarianism” ignore the one defining axiom of libertarianism – the Zero Aggression Principle which states that no one may initiate force, intimidation or fraud against anyone else – and then attempts to re-define libertarianism as something that it isn’t.
What Lincoln idolaters refuse to admit about themselves is that they love what Lincoln represents – big government – and what they ignore is that America’s big government exists to enslave as many different kinds of people in as many different ways as possible while freeing the ruling class in every way possible.
Military conscription was one way governments enslaved their people.
Northern and Southern states slaughtered some 625,000 soldiers in the Civil War, purportedly over freeing Southern plantation slaves who were eventually re-enslaved (in a different way and to a different degree) by the Jim Crow Laws of those same Southern states.
World War I, “The War to Make the World Safe for Democracy,” killed 116,516 Americans sent to free the French from the Germans. The grotesque Treaty of Versailles led to…
WWII in which 405,399 Americans died freeing Asian peoples from Japanese enslavement and Western Europeans from Nazi/Fascist enslavement even as Eastern Europeans were being enslaved by Communism, which lead to…
The Cold War and the continued conscription of Americans who were sent to die in anti-communist proxy wars like…
The 36,516 who died keeping South Koreans free from North Korean enslavement and the 58,209 who died trying and failing to “free” South Vietnamese from North Vietnamese enslavement.
The majority of these 1,241,640 dead Americans were either conscripts or those who “volunteered” under the threat (government intimidation) of conscription.
Libertarians cannot be Neo-Confederates because they despise all forms of slavery, including the Southern plantation kind and the big government taxation and conscription kind.
Being anti-Lincoln means being anti big corrupt impersonal centralized corporatist-statist government, anti-slavery, anti-racist, anti-war, anti dictatorial and just plain anti coercion in general.
But with their attempt to tar and feather libertarians as pro slavery “Neo-Confederates” the Lincoln Worshippers have become little more than race baiters themselves.
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