I wanted to throw this out there quickly before I head out.
For me to even apply, I’d have to adhere to these 3 principles (and I won’t):
- Pragmatic domestic libertarian; Hawk on defense
- Hobbesian libertarian
- Big-Tent libertarian
Let’s dissect these:
Pragmatic domestic libertarian; Hawk on defense
This is two in one… so I’m only addressing the first part. I’m in total agreement on domestic libertarianism when it means less government and greater liberty. The classic term is socially liberal, fiscally conservative. I can only hope they mean the same thing. However, this is clearly cancelled out by the Hobbesian crud below.
Hawk on defense
(in which they quote Dale Franks: “If the 1930s and 1940s taught us anything it should be that it is no longer possible for us to confine ourselves to our shores secure in immunity from attack. [As] tragic as it may be, sometimes foreigners are going to need to be killed, and I’d rather kill them over in Kaplokistan, than do so by sniping at them from the rubble of San Diego.”)
What an utter load of malarky. I still don’t get this warped mindset that says we should invade country X after country Y has attacked us simply because they looked at us wrong. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge proponent of hunting down Al Qaida in Afghanistan, Pakistan or wherever they are and sticking some terrorist heads on pikes, but don’t hornswaggle me with collusion theory between the socialist dictator Saddam Hussein and islamonihilist Osama bin Laden when there’s no facts to back it up. I’m not buying it.
Which is defined: “the philosophical system of Thomas Hobbes; especially : the Hobbesian theory that people have a fundamental right to self-preservation and to pursue selfish aims but will relinquish these rights to an absolute monarch in the interest of common safety and happiness”
Ok, let me just say: WTF?! Even the most right-wing christian conservative would blink at this bit of nuttery.
QandO explained: If this isn’t a terribly specific description of Neolibertarianism, see one of the short descriptions listed above: Big-Tent libertarianism. As with any political movement, there is a broad cross-section of opinions. Neolibertarianism merely attempts to make libertarianism politically relevant, without the exclusionary barriers of the ideological Libertarians.
I’m all for big tent libertarianism, but not when it’s clear that it’s neo-conservative hawks beckoning us to join in their revival and… Hallelujah! Pass the donation tray my brothas and sistas. AMEN!
And to add injury to insult, QandO is publishing a newsletter called The New Libertarian. Personally, I hope Tim West drops the dime on them with whoever forced him to drop that as his blog name for copyright reasons.
I suggest libertarians with any sense steer clear of this neocon network in libertarian’s clothing. Hell, even Instapoopie isn’t that stupid.