I continue on my exploratory journey of various hyphenated libertarians. Working through all that was required to write my most recent post on this topic was most helpful to me in this regard.
I offer again my summary thoughts from this post, regarding self-identified “left-libertarians”:
This social agenda need not be embraced by all who carry the name “libertarian.” It is perfectly “libertarian” to peacefully picket for either the gay couple or for the baker. Libertarian theory and the NAP does not offer guidance beyond the respect for property.
When push comes to shove, however, I contend that all libertarians must fall on the side of property rights. Absent property rights, there is no NAP; absent the NAP and you can remove the word “libertarian” from “left-libertarian.” Recalling the history of the movement, you end up with the Marxist strain.
Keep that in mind when you are told by a so-called libertarian about the social causes you must support.
I know that there are libertarians who hold what would be described as conservative or traditional cultural views – to include what would be described as traditional Christian views. On many topics of culture, I am one of these; needless to say, I come to these outside of and apart from anything derived via libertarian theory.
The individual of who I am most aware within the libertarian community who writes rather strongly about such cultural aspects is Hans Herman Hoppe. To my knowledge, he does not mandate or suggest that individuals must or should adopt these views as libertarians. I have read and heard him speak of such things via practical / logical arguments. In any case, if he conflates his cultural views with libertarian theory, I would disagree with the connection.
To be fair, I haven’t read much of Hoppe’s work on this subject, however. So I went poking around, and look what I found:
What’s with the socially conservative strain of anarcho-capitalism coming out of the Mises Institute and Hans-Hermann Hoppe?
It is a brief post at the Center for a Stateless Society site – the same site that I visited for my above-mentioned post regarding left-libertarian thinking!
If you’re an outsider to the libertarian tradition you might be baffled by some of the positions of some of the libertarian anarchists like Hans-Hermann Hoppe at the Ludwig von Mises Institute.
I would only be baffled by this if I thought that libertarian theory had anything to say regarding such cultural questions. Libertarian theory does not; it merely addresses the proper use of force.
Liberty is about the emancipation of humans from oppressive forms of organization, so what is the deal with someone who claims to support liberty but thinks queer influence is a net negative for society?
I will avoid for today digging into whatever might be meant here by the phrase “oppressive forms of organization.” As to the rest – imagine any of the following:
…what is the deal with someone who claims to support liberty but thinks a high rate of divorce is a net negative for society?
…what is the deal with someone who claims to support liberty but thinks children born out of wedlock is a net negative for society?
…what is the deal with someone who claims to support liberty but thinks use of recreational drugs is a net negative for society?
…what is the deal with someone who claims to support liberty but thinks alcoholism is a net negative for society?
There is no “deal.” As a libertarian, any of the four could be reasonable concerns, and to hold any of these as concerns does not violate libertarian theory. Of course, the same is true regarding “queer influence.”
Don’t believe me? Ask C4SS…from the same post: