Radix Journal

Radix Journal

A radical journal

Author: Hannibal Bateman

The New Avant-Garde

Oh the times, they are a-changin’. Sings the bard of yesterday’s “revolution.” But The Current Year has seen an explosion of activity for what has come to be known as…

Oh the times, they are a-changin’.

Sings the bard of yesterday’s “revolution.” But The Current Year has seen an explosion of activity for what has come to be known as the “alt-right.” From Conservatism, Inc. to the hipsters over at Vice, it seems we can’t go a month without some new cross-examination of who we are.

The latest journey into our previously subterreanean world comes from Buzzfeed reporter Rosie Gray. The article is refreshingly neutral and quotes alt-right thinkers from Richard Spencer, Jared Taylor, Jack Donovan, and RamZPaul. All of this publicity makes one wonder exactly just how much “alt-right” ideas function as a sort of intellectual pornography for many throughout the Cathedral (or Synagogue if you prefer). At the very least, it’s a good indicator of our “hot click” factor.

We get this kind of publicity because we are on the edge of thought. Another recent Buzzfeed article referred to the alt-right as a counterculture which has been birthed from the Internet. Really, we are the outcome of a deracinated and bland society which finds its greatest expressions through consumer identities whether through the market place or Facebook’s 50+ gender options.

We’ve moved beyond the tired “conservatism” of the Beltway because it has failed to conserve anything meaningful. For many of our younger members, the alt-right is a journey to discover exactly who they are as a people. The Heritage Foundation and National Review could care less about this, as long as the donations flow and marginal tax rates are kept (somewhat) low.

Radix editor (and coiner of the term alternative right), Richard Spencer made the case more succinctly:

“We don’t have a starting point with William F. Buckley, we don’t have the same starting point as Richard Lowry and Jonah Goldberg and National Review…radically different from George W. Bush, the conservative movement, etc. It really was a notion of an alternative.”

Buzzfeed considers this a break with the “intellectual conservatism of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.” Rightly so, only we would quibble with just how “intellectual” a movement which regularly set up its more original thinkers for sacrifice before the chimeric idol of respectability really was. Even Buckley, beyond his mid-Atlantic accent, was more of a dilettante and “gate-keeper” than an intellectual.

So much for America’s “vast right wing conspiracy.”

This brings us to today’s real “conservatives.” Those who screech about the “right side of history” and how it is (insert year here) are some of the most reactionary figures on our landscape. They are constantly searching for heretics from the newly-established orthodoxies of race, sex, and gender that many young people have gone mountains in debt to “learn.” Before any movie or work of art is considered for mass consumption, it must first pass the test of our new inquisitors or face the wrath of Diversity, Inc.

For many, that is what makes the “alt-right” so refreshing. We don’t bow to mass culture and we don’t play its inverted morality game. We invite young people to discover who they are and who they can become, not who they can know and how they can become an establishment functionary. Naturally, our newfound burst of creativity intrigues and inspires our brothers and sisters. There is a palpable energy throughout the alt-right that is unnervingly (for them) lacking in our enemies’ camps. We’re the next big thing, and they’re the flailing old guard. What fun!

The National Policy Institute was able to attract well over 100 people (most below 30) to its annual Washington D.C. conference. Donald Trump continues to push the Overton window with his candidacy, while in Europe the migrant crises has moved alt right and identitarian ideas closer to public consciousness. There is a growing backlash to the summer of campus protests, and it seems as if there are hundreds of new “converts” to the alt-right every week.

Yes, much of this constitutes crude beginnings. But what serious counterculture was neat? We are the “avant-garde,” the first wave of a new future. What we are seeing is not the last gasp of a dying species, but the first breaths of an awakened people!

No Comments on The New Avant-Garde

The Spirit of Christmas

All was quiet in the trenches. For five months, they had been living in a hell the world had never seen before. Across the once-verdant fields of France and Belgium lay miles of dug out trenches, barbed wire, and the stamped out light of youth to never see home again.

The war came in August. It will be over by Christmas. At least that’s what the politicians say. Englishmen, Frenchmen, Russians, Germans, and Austrians to a man knew this to be true. At least it was when they left their homes all those bright, warm months ago.

Well, Christmas has come. No one was any closer to seeing his wife, his children, his home. Looking across the trenches, one could see lights burning, and what’s that? Singing.

All was quiet in the trenches. For five months, they had been living in a hell the world had never seen before. Across the once-verdant fields of France and Belgium lay miles of dug out trenches, barbed wire, and the stamped out light of youth to never see home again.

The war came in August. It will be over by Christmas. At least that’s what the politicians say. Englishmen, Frenchmen, Russians, Germans, and Austrians to a man knew this to be true. At least it was when they left their homes all those bright, warm months ago.

Well, Christmas has come. No one was any closer to seeing his wife, his children, his home. Looking across the trenches, one could see lights burning, and what’s that? Singing.

The air was thick with frost and blood. Not unlike a thousand winters before it in the long history of our continent. But these were not songs of war that echoed across these Trojan plains. No, they were songs of warmth and brotherhood.
One by one, the soldiers emerged. They tentatively walked across the no man’s land into what until only moments ago was certain death. Brother clasped brother, arms were shed, and the spirit of this most ancient of European days filled the air. There was singing, games, smoking, and all the manner of festive cheer that any German, Frenchman, or Englishman could muster.

This feeling of brotherhood was not to last forever. No, soon the orders came down and these children of Europa went back to the killing fields. To continue the first act in a long suicide. It was not until many years later that her children would know peace of any sort at all.

Today, over one hundred years on, her children face a new challenge. Perhaps her greatest in over a thousand years. She is facing invasion from without and a sickness unto death from within. Her “leaders” give speeches with subtitles in alien tongues, while her children are made homeless to make room for a new and strange people on her shores.

Europa’s women and children live in fear, perhaps for the first time in generations. Their virtue and indeed their very lives are threatened every day. Descendants of Vikings, of Romans, of Conquistadors now lie prostrate before the strange, abstract gods of our age.

The one thing that can’t be taken from us is who we are. We are the children of Europa. One hundred years ago, our grandfathers laid down their arms in brotherhood. Not because of some vague “brotherhood” of man, but due to the living tradition of the season that surrounds us.

As you read this, I hope you are holding your families and loved ones tight. Spare a moment to remember our ancestors who have gone before us, and look into the eyes of your children if you have them. It’s time to put away the petty squabbles and endless feuds that have divided us for centuries. After all, we are all the extended family of Europa.

The spirit of Christmas, or Yule, or however you wish to call it engulfs us. It would be wise to keep the flame of unity shown on those old fields of battle burning throughout the year. Frenchmen, Englishmen, Germans, Russians, Spaniards, Italians, and yes, even Americans must keep the fire burning. Because a dark winter awaits if we don’t.

Merry Christmas, and may we prevail!

No Comments on The Spirit of Christmas

Crossing the Mental Potomac

They say any press is good press, and if that’s the metric the alt Rright has been surging. From The New Yorker to The Washington Post our movement and its…

They say any press is good press, and if that’s the metric the alt Rright has been surging. From The New Yorker to The Washington Post our movement and its leaders have been quoted in the wake of the Trump phenomenon more than ever before.

Of course, Conservatism inc. has not allowed this publicity to go unnoticed. The boring ex-cub reporter from National Review Bestsy Woodruff clacked and clucked about “evil” nazis and (gasp) Islamophobia over at The Daily Beast. Over at The Weekly Standard though, one Benjamin Welton seems to want to try to understand exactly who we are:

Indeed, the true conflict facing Republicans is not with the social democrats who’ve taken over the American left, but within the soul of American conservatives. Namely, a new, highly heterogeneous force in right-wing politics is taking hold, and they have their sights set firmly on the Republican “establishment.” Known collectively as the “alternative right,” this amalgam includes neo-reactionaries, monarchists, nativists, populists, and even a few self-declared fascists. They mostly congregate online, with a large swath of blogs and websites dedicated to their concerns. As an example of how truly diverse the alt right is, major and proverbial watering holes for them include everything from Breitbart and the libertarian-leaning Taki Mag to Alternative Right—a blog that openly supports white nationalism.”

It seems as if someone has been clicking around the dark side of the internet (I hope the Standard’s IT don’t double as commisars!) But, yes, Ben, we are heterogenous, what unites us is a creeping and true suspicion that, yes, something is very rotten in Denmark. Something that just supporting the GOP and electing the next “True Reagan Conservative” won’t solve. We want to build a future for ourselves and our grandchildren, not the Republican Party.

As Richard Spencer recently said to The Washington Post about Donald Trump, who conjures:

[A]n unconscious vision that white people have — that their grandchildren might be a hated minority in their own country. I think that scares us. They probably aren’t able to articulate it. I think it’s there.

This is exactly true. To many inside the beltway we are monsters that are in your own words, Mr. Welton, “the real threat to the Republican party as it is currently constituted”. Well said, our loyalties are to our people and our identity as Europeans rather than to the abstract shibboleths of a dying political party from the End of History.

You correctly also note that we don’t play into the left’s morality game. That we:

Rather than concede the moral high ground to the left, the alt right turns the left’s moralism on its head and makes it a badge of honor to be called “racist,” “homophobic,” and “sexist.” Instead of the GOP establishment’s soup of globalism, free markets, and foreign interventions, the alt Right has resurrected some ghosts from the conservative past in pushing for protectionism, national capitalism, and an emphasis on protecting American lives at home, not abroad.

Again, all true. We hold to the radical truths that preferenes for one’s own, honor for one’s ancestors, and working towards a vision of the future for our people is true, noble, and right. We also don’t deny the biological reality that there are differences among the races and sexes. In short what we offer is a more natural, in all senses of the word, view of the world. One not rooted in trying to one up the Left’s insane pseudo-morality or predicated on economistic bean counting.

To anyone reading this curious about what exactly the “alt Right” is, have a look at Richard Spencer’s latest video and browse Radix’s archives. Don’t let the beltway do your thinking for you, I’m sure you’ll find yourself nodding along more than you thought you would.

Don’t be afraid to think different. Or as we would say, don’t be afaid to become who you are. The only thing you have to cross is the mental Potomac!

No Comments on Crossing the Mental Potomac

Chaos Candidates

By now, I’m sure you’ve all heard Jeb Bush’s lame attempt to attack Donald Trump. “He’s a chaos candidate, and he’d be a chaos president,” Bush bloviated at last Tuesday’s…

By now, I’m sure you’ve all heard Jeb Bush’s lame attempt to attack Donald Trump. “He’s a chaos candidate, and he’d be a chaos president,” Bush bloviated at last Tuesday’s Republican debate. Never mind the fact that almost every other candidate on the stage was ready to start World War III with Russia while keeping our borders wide open. Invade the world, invite the world as the old paleo-con line goes.

There is a kernel of truth to Bush’s words. The Donald is injecting a bit of “chaos” into the system. But what’s happening is about more than Donald Trump. It is showing real cracks inside the narrative of our postmodern liberal landscape.

Cracks we should be eager to exploit. Just have a look at the too-candid comments of that Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer. Such tactics as #BoycottSamsClub led to a statement from Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon:

Roz [Brewer] was simply trying to reiterate that we believe diverse and inclusive teams make for a stronger business. That’s all there is to it and I support that important ideal.

This is how we expose the underlying power narratives in our society. Make them explain, put them on the defensive. Even the above non-answer is telling as nowhere does McMillon disavow Brewer’s comments about not hiring white males. Diverse and inclusive teams is a codeword for anti-White.

In may ways, the above controversy lays out the “diversity” agenda’s will to power in an open way. To paraphrase Richard Spencer, this was a good moment as it pulled the curtains down and should expose the exact nature of our enemies.

Back to Trump. He has done a similar service in regards to the Republican Party. Almost every other candidate on the stage thought it was beyond the pale for Trump to suggest halting immigration (even if his plan is not the ideal you and I would want) and not treating Vladimir Putin as if he were a deranged actor on the world stage hellbent on turning the world to cinder (the lady dost protest). The sooner the GOP is no longer able to act as a safety valve, the better. (Rush Limbaugh is becoming more useful here.)

The more the narrative gets challenged, the more screeching we will hear. You’ve surely already noticed it. “Nazi,” “fascist,” “evil” come at us incessantly. But the fact is, the more our enemies repeat these slogans, the less power they have.

From #cuckservative to #boycottStarWarsVII, and the proliferation of White Students Unions, we’ve been injecting a little “chaos” into the narrative. Don’t think our opponents haven’t noticed, either. They are desperate for us to go away. They want to keep their narrative hegemonic. They want to wield their power unchallenged.

It’s not just Trump that is a “chaos candidate.” So are you and so am I. Let’s give them hell!

No Comments on Chaos Candidates

(Muse)less

Sing in me, Muse! What’s that? I’m not feeling anything, and chances are, dear reader, neither are you. Taking a stroll through our postmodern landscape, one of the few places…

Sing in me, Muse! What’s that? I’m not feeling anything, and chances are, dear reader, neither are you.

Taking a stroll through our postmodern landscape, one of the few places an alt-righter or identitarian might find solace is in museums. Amongst the splendors and glories of our ancestors, as depicted by our great artists.

Like me, I’m sure these visits nourish your soul and give a respite to the mud our enemies fling at us through the media-culture swamp into which they’ve sunk us. But alas, a “safe space” for how long? If events at the famed Amesterdam Rijkesmuseum are any indication, not much longer.

The museum has implemented a massive program to remove “racially offensive language and titles” from its thousands of works. Martine Gosselink, museum mandarin and good apparatchik, explains:

“We are not throwing away the old titles and whitewashing history, but making an adjustment to make people aware,” she explained.

This colonial language may be a more sensitive issue today, with the process of democratisation and emancipation. The first generation of Surinamese Dutch people came in the 50s and 60s and perhaps did not open their mouths, but people born here feel they are like every other Dutch person and stand up for themselves, and that is a good thing.

Also, in Amsterdam, we are proud that we have 186 nationalities living here. No person is an exotic element of society any longer.”

The key words there are at the end. If no one is “exotic,” then everyone is. This is a succinct statement on the the logical outcome of “multiculturalism.” For Europeans, increasing alienation and atomisation is the order of the day, all as our lands are colonized by foreign tribes.

In fact, while this mad maven spouts on about the joys of “diversity” and “inclusion,” just hours south the Belgian city of Brussels was recently on a citywide lockdown due to the logic of Ms. Gosselink’s celebration of “diversity.”

So it goes. Or as we like to say, und so weiter.

Buried in all of these changes though is another, perhaps more significant change. In addition to updating titles and terminology, the museum will also update its term for “white.”

It will be changed from “blank” to what the Telegraph describes as the more neutral “wit.” I won’t claim to be an expert in Dutch, but this follows the zeitgeist of “the current year.” From denying “whiteness” to straight up conspiracy theories about what “really happened” in history.

All of these are attempts to erase and deny our identity. Beating Europeans over the head about the supposed evil of our ancestors, or how “you didn’t build that” is part of the long game of demoralization.

One can still go to museums and see visions of the beauty and the glory that was once ours. We should hold these monuments close to our hearts. But we should look to re-capture the spirit that birthed them. To reconnect with the muses of our people, we need to rediscover who we are.

Pregnant with this identity, our people’s spirit will give birth to a new renaissance of culture.

So sing in us, Muse! Before it’s too late.

No Comments on (Muse)less

Return from Exile

Who am I? Who are you? We are everyone and we are no one. We are postmodern consumers who choose our lifestyles based on what we like to buy. We…

Who am I? Who are you? We are everyone and we are no one. We are postmodern consumers who choose our lifestyles based on what we like to buy. We are seen as interchangable parts, if that at all. We are told we don’t have a culture, that we’re lame, that we’re vanilla, that “we got no soul.”

This sort of talk starts to gets to you. Loneliness and increasingly childlessness are common traits among our people. Everywhere you look, we are told to sit down and shut up. Our young people are attacked in their fathers’ once proud seats of learning.

For many, a call to quietism and retreat seems to be in order. But that is just an invitation to go gently into that good night. What we need isn’t some retreat away from our times and the tempests that surround us. What we need is a relighting of the fire of our ancestors in order to rebuild our future.

We are descendents of Achilles and Odysseus, Aeneas and Caesar, Charlemagne and Dante, and yes, even John Smith and Hernán Cortés (as much as our enemies are loath to admit). These men forged onwards to new horizons, defended their people in the darkest hours, and performed deeds that have lived hundreds and thousands of years after their passing.

What we face now is the battle for ourselves. Yes, the storm is brewing on the horizon. Our homelands are being overrun and our ruling class seems ever more impotent. But what we need first is a return from exile.

For the ancients, exile from the polis was a fate worse than death. It meant being cut off from family and community, the lifeblood of one’s people. Aristotle noted that a man outside of society would become either a beast or a god. I hate to break it to you, dear reader, but we are being turned into beasts who masquerade as gods.

We have to return from exile, back to the inner homeland and voice of our people before it’s too late. As Richard Spencer says, we have to “become who we are.” If we don’t, we will never return to that well that drove our forefathers from Troy to the stars!

Wake up! Return from exile! You can go home again!

All ruminations on NPI’s fantastic video “Who Are We?

No Comments on Return from Exile

The Last (Gentle)man

If you spend a long enough time amongst “Conservatism, Inc.,” you really start to get a feel for the foibles of that tribe. One of these being a certain beltway…

If you spend a long enough time amongst “Conservatism, Inc.,” you really start to get a feel for the foibles of that tribe. One of these being a certain beltway breed that feels the need to LARP as a gentleman or bang on about noblesse oblige. The Trump phenomenon is sending these blazered brains into bouts of hysteria.

Over at everyone’s favorite rag of yesterday’s liberalism, the National Review, AEI fellow and Wall Street Journal contributor (so fancy) Michael Auslin is here to bemoan our “vapidity,” especially regarding the “rise of Donald Trump.” He contrasts this with what early 20th century American man of letters Van Wyck Brooks calls the “Boston and Cambridge type”:

A clear, distinct mentality, a strong distaste for nonsense, steady composure, a calm and gentle demeanor, stability, good principles, intelligence, a habit of under-statement, a slow and cautious way of reasoning, contempt for extravagance, vanity and affectation, kindness of heart, purity, decorum, profound affections, filial and paternal.

Ah, but for those vanished times when “civility” reigned and our elites had such great “virtues” as Auslin waxes on about! Indeed, where would we be without these great New England WASP avatars? Wait, what did I say? Did I acknowledge race? Mr. Auslin would be shocked!

But the truth of the matter is that the concept of the gentleman and noblesse oblige in general exists as a duty between an elite and their people. Though the America of Brooks’ day was rapidly changing, there still existed a conscious racial type to the American character. So much so, that that fount of insidious racism Time Magazine gave full space to advertise the works of that quintessential “Boston and Cambridge” type Lothrop Stoddard.

Memo to the lame-as-hell “DC trad” crowd: donning a coat and tie and speaking in an exaggerated mid-Atlantic accent does not make one a gentleman or representative of some long-lost ruling class. Fealty to one’s people and their interests does. Our ancestors had the luxury of civility in their politics because they had a civilization.

Ours is rapidly deteriorating into a cesspool of dystopic and alienated actors. What we need isn’t some platitudinous paean to virtues of yesteryear, what we need is a people and a civilization that merits our loyalty and duty. Until then, all “gentlemanly” and “virtuous” pretense aside, it’s just another postmodern (and pathetic) lifestyle choice.

P.S.
Mr. Auslin talks of the appeal of Rod Dreher’s “Benedict Option.” I hate to break it to him, but our people are our monasteries and the raiders are outside the walls. Either take a stand, in true noble and virtuous fashion, or admit that you’re a coward.

No Comments on The Last (Gentle)man

The Face of Evil

I don’t know if you know this, but you’re evil. Yes, that’s right, evil. The hall monitors at the Daily Beast think you should know. They want everyone to know. Especially Rush Limbaugh. How else could they scare off our fellow upstanding citizens who might be curious about this hip new ‘alt-right’ business?

I don’t know if you know, but you’re evil. Yes, that’s right, evil. The hall monitors at the Daily Beast want you to know this. They want everyone to know this. How else could they scare off our fellow upstanding citizens who might be curious about this hip new “alt-right” business?

A recent caller to Rush Limbaugh’s popular radio show introduced the idea of an ‘alternative right’ to Rush’s millions of listners:

“What I’m interested in, is all this stuff about conservatives being older people. But I think that’s gonna quickly change. I think there’s a group of younger people called ‘the alt right.’ And it started in the last few years in Europe because of the Muslim invasion. And I think it’s… They’re beginning to get people over here, youngsters between 18, 25, 26, to convert to what they call ‘the alt right.’ I think it’s gonna be pretty intense. I think you should keep an eye out for it.”

Limbaugh, of course did not know what the ‘alternative right’ was but likened it to ‘alternative media’ in an almost approving way. Of course the mandarins of our mass culture could not allow for this apparent slip up. The Overton window must remain where it is at all costs.

But fear not, citizens! Former National Review cub reporter Betsy Woodruff took to her new perch at the Daily Beast to make sure all right-thinking people understand just how evil you and I really are. She predictably squawks the usually litany of basic bitch insults. Neo-Nazi! White supremacist! und so weiter:

[T]he alt right is a neoreactionary effort comprised of right-wing agitators brought together by their opposition to immigration (in particular, Hispanic and Muslim immigration), animosity to Muslims, and general opposition to multiculturalism (they call it cultural Marxism). They hate political correctness, they like Donald Trump, and they love dubbing their enemies “cuckservatives.”

Foul lies. We actually worship Donald Trump, thankyouverymuch. We sing our vespers to his Trumpening every day after we’ve finished our ritual burning of the People’s History of the United States. No boring Betsies allowed.

She quotes one Marilyn Mayo of the wholly disinterested Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism just to let us know how serious this is:

It’s basically a term that white supremacists use who see themselves as part of a new movement…They want to differentiate themselves from the conservative or mainstream right. They see the mainstream right as being opposed to white interests.

She is right though. We are different from ‘conservatives’ like ole ‘belchin’ Bets’ as she’s known in the Beltway. That pathetic movement has done nothing more but (barely) secure marginal tax rates while their children grow up in a hellish dystopic mud world. But at least the liberals sometimes ‘like’ your Tweets, huh BB?

It gets worse: we’re Islamophobic, you guys!:

White supremacist leader Richard Spencer started that site in 2010, and it recently coined the term “muslimmivasion” to gin up fear of refugees fleeing the so-called Islamic State widely known as ISIS.

Richard Spencer: racist, loving life, and living large. You jelly, Betsy? Tell us more about those pig heads at a European resettlement camp. Quelle horreur! Such evil, it’s not as if we haven’t seen a major Islamist attack in Paris. Such clucking in the wake of the invasion of Europe is callous. Don’t tell me they left bacon too!

What we on the ‘alt-right’ stand for is identity. We stand for understanding who we were and who we will need to be in the future if our people are to survive. We are not “conservatives” in the Fox News-watching-Ben-Carson-supporting kind of way. We want a future for our civilization and our people. In their hearts, many of Rush’s listeners probably feel the same way. More are beginning to wonder why it is they never get anywhere through Conservatism, Inc.

It’s because those sort of things are nothing more then sounding boards to see how far our enemies can push cultural Marxism today. Anything and, more importantly, anyone who doesn’t further this agenda to wipe out our people is evil. Evil. Like you dear reader, like me. Fine, so let’s be evil. It’s better than being erased.

No Comments on The Face of Evil

Students for the State Department

It seems like every year libertarians fall over themselves to show how “hip” and “with it” they are to the reigning cultural Zeitgeist. Well, it’s 2015, and the current year…

It seems like every year libertarians fall over themselves to show how “hip” and “with it” they are to the reigning cultural Zeitgeist. Well, it’s 2015, and the current year is no different. From the Students for Liberty blog :

Students for Liberty (SFL) is pleased to announce that Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina from the Russian protest punk band Pussy Riot will be headlining the 9th International Students for Liberty Conference (ISFLC16) on Friday night. The two will kick off the largest annual gathering of libertarian students with a performance and a Q&A session.

Pussy Riot’s anti-authoritarian stunts have gained international attention and the Kremlin’s ire in recent years. Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were famously arrested in 2012 after performing a song critical of Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral. The two were released in December 2013 after nearly two years in detention. Only two months later Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were famously attacked with whips by Cossack militia members at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

In the past year Pussy Riot have begun releasing English language songs, turning their attention to more international political topics. In February, they released “I Can’t Breathe,” a song titled after Eric Garner’s famous last words and dedicated to “all those from Russia to America and around the globe who suffer from State terror.” In November, they released “Refugees In,” filmed at Banksy’s Dismaland exhibit, calling on the international community to welcome persecuted peoples fleeing violence in the Middle East

Of course it’s easy to be an enemy of “authority” when you get the backing of the U.S. State Department, as Pussy Riot had for their first single. Of course, this is nothing new, as the U.S. has funded “avant-garde” artists from Pollock to Rothko since last century.

What is more puzzling is why libertarians, the so-called enemies of government authority, would fall for this type of governmental agitprop. The truth is, libertarianism represents a “safe” opposition to the system.

While SFL flies in State Department-backed singers to their flagship conferences, the National Policy Institute and its views are described as “abhorrent” by the functionaries of the American Government.

Libertarianism, especially culturally, is just yesterday’s liberalism shouting “me too! me too!” While the more doctrinaire among them will protest that the “free market” is neutral, in fact its just a reflection of the culture it grows out of.

Like the leftist Howard Zinn said, “You can’t be neutral on a moving train.” This is true, and clearly libertarians are staying true to their liberal roots and siding with the hegemonic cultural/governmental liberalism of our time.

For any young libertarians reading this, ask yourself who is really challenging authority—a group who invites government-financed “protest artists” to its annual decadent party in the capitol city or a group whose president has actually felt the weight of that power come down on him?

You’re not rebels, you’re apologists. We’ll be here when you’re ready to do something real.

No Comments on Students for the State Department

Type on the field below and hit Enter/Return to search