Matt@Occidentalism April 18, 2019 at 4:47 AM: “Put a fork in it. I won't be part of any "community" which has the NAP as its guiding principle.”
Neither will I; it won't have staying power. If Matt only stopped his comment here, we might have had a much more fruitful conversation. Yet, there is much to be gleaned from this.
Any community which has the NAP as its guiding principle is a community that won’t have liberty for long. I don’t want to go through all of the arguments…again…. Sometimes (like now) this really just becomes too tiresome. Anyone who actually cares to understand why I believe this (and who hasn’t otherwise been involved in the discussion here) can catch up pretty easily by selecting a few of the posts from here; it won’t take too long – a read of the brief descriptions will point you in the right direction.
There are several organizations and institutions that claim some connection to this idea of libertarianism. While this isn’t a hard and fast rule, I find that these can be split into two camps based on two factors: one camp both embraces what would be called “right” or conservative values and also embraces Rothbard; the other embraces what would be called “left” or modern liberal values and also despises Rothbard. The first camp offers some hope for liberty, the second camp…not so much.
In the first camp, I find only one institution…well, technically two, but each is headed by the same gentleman: The Mises Institute and LewRockwell.com. In the second camp…well, this pretty much includes every other libertarian entity of note – and most other libertarian entities not of note.
Now what does this have to do with Matt?
You Have No Right to Your Culture, by Bryan Caplan. I am not going to go through his essay or his arguments. Suffice it to say, if one lives in a community that “has the NAP as its guiding principle,” his arguments are reasonable. He explains why you do not have this right:
Because culture is… other people! Culture is who other people want to date and marry. Culture is how other people raise their kids. Culture is the movies other people want to see. Culture is the hobbies other people value. Culture is the sports other people play. Culture is the food other people cook and eat. Culture is the religion other people choose to practice.
Now, if Caplan would write such an essay about Israel, I might stand up and take notice. But he won’t, and we will never see such a thing – just like no libertarian will write about open borders for Israel. Why that is…I can only guess. In any case, Caplan either places the NAP as his guiding principle or he is an immature thinker about liberty – come to think of it, both can be true at the same time.
As to Caplan’s piece, just a few thoughts:
· As soon as law and culture (in the form of custom, tradition, religions, etc.) lose all relationship, I might start paying attention to this kind of nonsense
· When the choices for governance are either common culture or force (and there are no other alternatives), I prefer common culture
· The only culture that has a history of developing and maintaining the idea we refer to as liberty came from a specific culture (guess where and when)
· The only people who believe Caplan’s statement are people who despise their culture.
· Woke white people, in other words.
· They should be on suicide watch.