Libertarians and Culture



A running summary of my posts on topics of libertarianism (left, center and right) and culture.


A deep-dive into the history and roots of left-libertarian thinking, through the writing of a prominent advocate of this view, Kevin Carson.


It turns out that the left-libertarian desire to require “libertarian” to mean “libertine,” thus radically transforming culture, has something in common with Gramsci’s communist plan to transform society.  While the left-libertarians predict an outcome that conforms to the non-aggression principle, it is the communists who are realistic about the direction society will take when culture is destroyed.


Having been quite critical of “thick” libertarians of the left, I was challenged to take Hoppe on in the same manner.  I was glad I did; it was an eye-opening journey – as several of the following posts will demonstrate.


The subject of immigration examined through the lens of property rights.  A novel thought, one that more libertarians might consider.


A mosquito dares tread on the immigration battleground of two giants, Hoppe and Block.


It is easy to write about immigration in libertarian theory applied to a libertarian world.  It gets a little tougher to apply this libertarian theory in this world.  Jacob Hornberger asks: Are immigration controls a good thing?  I say, good?  Compared to what?


Who owns government property?  Can the state own land?  What does this have to do with immigration and culture?


Merkel gave open borders libertarians their biggest wet dream ever – a real life case study to see how their theory works out in the real world.  Let’s see how it’s going so far.


A generally accepted culture goes a long way toward reducing opportunities for conflict.  Culture evolving slowly and naturally, through voluntary associations, occurs daily and is generally harmless.  Culture changed dramatically, via war or other government pronouncements for example, is often quite destructive of social order; which then results in calls for someone to do something – by force. 

This might be why government works so hard to destroy culture.


As noted, Merkel gave libertarian open borders advocates a great opportunity to examine their theory being put into practice.  I have seen not one such advocate take advantage of this magnificent gift and write a case study using this example in defense of the position.  In this post I ask if anyone else has seen such an examination.


Sheldon Richman, a prominent left-libertarian, gets it right: libertarian borders are managed.


Noting that I had received hundreds of comments on my several posts on open borders and culture, my two most recent posts Libertarian Open Borders and Borders Neither Open or Closed: Richman Gets it Right, received almost no feedback. 

Why so little feedback on these two, after hundreds of comments previously?  I wonder….


I respond to a critique offered by one Paul Bonneau.  In it, I am criticized for views that are common to his – I don’t get it.  Further, other critiques are in response to things I have never written.  Still, you might find it a worthwhile read….


Imagine my surprise to find that the clash of cultures in Germany on New Year’s Eve resulted in calls for draconian police action.  Merkel’s open borders: just following the Saul Alinsky playbook.


My humble attempt at integrating the storyline from the novel The Camp into today’s real world.


Once again, imagine my surprise to find that open borders in Europe results in a political backlash, moving toward calls for even more authoritarian government measures.


Guess what (although it shouldn’t be a surprise)?  Murray Rothbard understands the value of culture in checking and reducing the power of the state!


As I introduce the post: “Merkel’s open borders pronouncement is the gift that keeps on giving in this libertarian debate about borders and immigration.”  It turns out you cannot have open borders without government intervention.


A brief, self-administered quiz, aimed to help you explore your own views on the topic.


An exploration of one of the responses to the above, self-administered quiz.


In this post, I examine the harsh reality when open borders in theory butts up against Angela Merkel’s open borders policy in practice.

Dialogue (Such as it is) With Jacob Hornberger on Open Borders



Recognizing that the application of libertarian theory in a world populated by humans needs to take into account…humans.


A common culture – and a culture beyond merely the NAP – is necessary if we are ever to move closer to a libertarian society. 


Someone asks Walter Block about something he believes is contradictory on my part.  I decide to respond anyway.


Inconsistent in anarchism, impossible in minarchism.


Culture matters if you want peace.


Sheldon Richman defines libertarianism into a one-person phone-booth.


Hornberger decides to reply to the above post on behalf of Richman.

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