The Libertarian Stance On White Nationalism: It Isn’t What You Think?
The rise of white nationalism and the media over exaggeration of the power these groups actually have has led there to be massive amounts of disinformation in regards to where members in the liberty movement stand with this topic and if the liberty movement is a “gateway” to alt-right, racist factions of “white power”.
With the recent increase in racial sensitivity combined with the fact that many that feel that words or ideas they do not like can be “racist”, many inside the liberty have become confused and are unsure if something is truly “racist” or white nationalist in origin. This smokescreen and perpetual knee-jerk reactions have left many looking in from the outside mildly distrustful of the movement altogether.
While there have been many “libertarians” who have come out as white nationalists and have pushed white supremacist ideology (Chris Cantwell, Augustus Invictus, economist Hans Herman Hoppe, Christopher Chase Rachels, etc…), the majority of libertarians reject their ideas and influence, with many of these “libertarians” being run out of the Libertarian Party and libertarian circles with their followers in tow.
Other major names like Lew Rockwell and Ron Paul are often accused of white nationalism and “racist”; however much of these complaints come from articles on their respective websites and social media which are written and managed by others. While both tend to lean too heavily into the conservative arena in many issues, nothing credible to date is found to be the “smoking gun” linking them to white nationalism.
Since Charlottesville, the gross majority of those in the liberty movement have taken the white nationalist movement as a more credible threat and have worked to make the environment as uncomfortable for them as possible.
Libertarian Party Position:
Leadership in the Libertarian Party has not been as kind to the white nationalists at either the state or national level as they have with the communist-backed ANTIFA movement, as both seek to use violence as a way to further their political agenda.
Per the 2018 party platform:
“Libertarians embrace the concept that all people are born with certain inherent rights. We reject the idea that a natural right can ever impose an obligation upon others to fulfill that “right.” We condemn bigotry as irrational and repugnant. The government should neither deny nor abridge any individual’s human right based upon sex, wealth, ethnicity, creed, age, national origin, personal habits, political preference or sexual orientation. Members of private organizations retain their rights to set whatever standards of association they deem appropriate, and individuals are free to respond with ostracism, boycotts and other free market solutions.”
The Libertarian Stance:
The libertarian stance on white nationalism is the same as it is with ANTIFA in that both sides have the right to possess and express an unpopular opinion, regardless of what society wants to hear. People have the right to associate with others as they see fit or NOT associate with people and government has no place to intervene in silencing dissenting speech.
However, libertarians draw the line at the point where any party seeks to use violence against another regarding ideas or the expression of opinions they dislike.
In libertarianism, acknowledging the right of another and supporting of the right to exercise free exchange of ideas and positions is not the same as condoning that idea. In the situation where one dislikes the ideas of another, libertarians begin to exercise their own personal right of association and often choose to remove themselves from further interactions voluntarily.