Jun 12

Are Libertarians ‘Conservative?’

“In their glaring historical ignorance, Republicans like Santorum who complain about libertarians not being ‘real’ conservatives simply don’t know what in the hell they’re talking about.”

“Arguably the most popular history of American conservatism, George H. Nash’s book The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America begins with libertarianism.”

“Nash begins his history with two men: economists F.A. Hayek and Ludwig von Mises. Then he explains how these libertarian heroes kick-started the American conservative movement”

Nash explained that “it was Nockian libertarianism, in fact, which exercised the first conservative influence on the future editor of National Review.”

“in 1976 said Reagan, “I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.”As you can see, advocating for “limited government” without employing some degree of libertarianism would be logistically impossible.

Which is exactly why so many of today’s so-called conservatives are so quick to dismiss it. If there is an interloping ideology on the Right today, it is not libertarianism but neoconservatism, an ideology born not of limited government philosophy but of ex-socialists who migrated Right in reaction to the counterculture of the 1960s.”"

“let there be no more ignorance about which philosophy is truly more alien to the historical American conservative movement.”

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