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By Joshua Dietz
Queers for Palestine, pro-sharia feminists, legal citizens advocating for open borders – what motivates people to take up such suicidal causes? Who seeks to be ruled by tyranny? To that point, how does one view slavery as liberation? How is it that in the United States of America, free speech has become something to malign? Why do Americans have more empathy toward foreigners than their own countrymen? Why is it considered a moral good to steal from the few to reward the many? In the country that invented freedom, why is libertarianism so rare? Why do Leftists hate liberty?
These are tricky questions to answer, but here are a few items worth considering:
Liberty is difficult to achieve because it requires a system of principles supporting it. Self-ownership is paramount; the individual is best directed when self-directed. Unlike faux-liberals, libertarians practice true tolerance: the ability to work alongside and co-exist with truly diverse peoples. The dutifully liberty-minded recognize the interconnectedness of society, and the significance of their decisions. Such decisions are significant because of the impact they may have on others. Poor decisions make for harsh consequences. For liberty to exist, empathy must persist.
Libertarianism also requires regular and stringent reality-testing. One must adapt to the raw data of lived experience. In economic terms, libertarians are market facing: they are oriented to the needs of others. This means considering how a strategy would functionally work and what benefit it would have for others. All things created equal, if something fails we can reasonably say it didn’t sufficiently meet the needs of the market. Libertarianism is less like a political ideology, and more akin to a pragmatic tool for achieving freedom and equality of opportunity. However, it is not the only method for achieving political ends.
It has been said that the personal is political; if true, we may have an answer to the problems outlined above. In this theory, the personal strife of the individual forms the nexus of their political activism. Often, the challenges an individual must contend with are rooted in their biological and environmental constraints. Given the biological and ecological diversity of man, the civic arena is necessarily dominated by identity politics and special interest groups. With no higher value to aspire towards, political discourse shrinks to the civilization-shattered level of intellectual primitivity.
Women will continue to vote for greater reproductive control, while immigrants (legal and otherwise) will advocate for greater access to social services. Every ethnic and cultural minority will lobby for ever-more government money, because it is in their biological interest to do so. Commitment to the value of liberty is eroded even among its greatest benefactors, a trend which is typified by the emergence of individuals like Richard Spencer.
Ultimately food, sex, social class, and survival are the strongest biological motivators of our behavior. High-minded notions of liberty struggle to compete because people are encouraged to view the conditions of their existence with resentment, rather than gratitude. Every bad impulse is rewarded, and each vice is venerated. Confirmations of prejudice are taken for grand declarations of truth. Success in the future becomes a fool’s errand; there is only the fortitude-melting bliss of the moment.
For Leftists slavery is their great solace. They abscond from moral agency by accepting and glorifying their perceived oppression. They were formed in oppression, and count the oppressed people of the world among their allies. Possessed by a politik of personal identity, they become tyrants themselves. Tyrants loath freedom, for it represents everything that they are not and cannot be. Freedom is incongruent with their childhood experiences, which were likely to have also been heavily tyrannized. These identitarians would prefer to commit cultural (and actual) seppuku than accept dominion over themselves. Consumed by narcissism and hypersensitivity, they are too crippled to understand the needs of others.
And yet there is a logic in their cause: Leftists cannot survive in a free and open market. When true competition is encouraged, their products and ideas fall by the wayside. In a culture of freedom and choice, Leftists suffer an existential question, “How do I get attention when people are no longer forced to stare at me?” Freedom is a severe threat, as they can only live in a prison. They desire to be slaves of the powerful, and to lust after them. Leftists cannot know liberty because they cannot free themselves of these desires. While Liberty-minded individuals fight to be free of centralized power, Leftists being the tyrants that they are, want a total monopoly on power. For these reasons (and likely others), Leftists hate liberty.