3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause

Adolph Could Not Have Done it Without Him

Adolph Could Not Have Done it Without Him

As shown by the Minutemen, Libertarians use scapegoating as a unifying principle. Contrasting American Libertarians with German National Socialists, there were many more scapegoats than just Jews. Disabled people were the first victims of Nazi genocide. The corporations were looking towards milking the national coffers for scheckel they could get. The Nazis preached that Jews, socialists, intellectuals, and disabled people were threats to German principles, and Brown Shirts would beat them up in the streets of Berlin. The disabled were quietly murdered and cremated in a chilling prequel to Auschwitz. That way the money that went to care for the disabled could be sucked up by the corporations.
Libertarians are not beating people up in the streets yet, but they are getting close with the Minutemen. Undocumented workers are being presented as the cause of all economic woes. Mexican migrants are accused of stealing American jobs. They are also accused of stealing American tax money through social services. As I mentioned in my last post, the low wages that undocumented farm workers earn make produce grown by small farms competitive. If the small farmer had to pay minimum wage, he would have to sell his produce at a higher price than produce imported from Mexico. Not being able to make a living, the small farmer would have to sell out to a corporation. The myth of government spending is also an excuse to oppress undocumented workers. Fear of money being drained from the non-existent government mattress is used as an excuse to disregard the 14th amendment.
Threats against undocumented workers create a dangerous undercurrent of violence in the Libertarian movement. Libertarians feel free to invoke their Second Amendment rights to defend themselves against the “migrant threat”, while ignoring constitutional guarantees of due process and legal protection for everybody. Violence is proposed as the answer to other problems than simply undocumented workers. A Libertarian on another blog recommends shooting somebody over the theft of a sandwich. With this sort of mentality, it’s only a matter of time before the Minutemen work themselves into actual violence against undocumented workers and other scapegoats
Once the violence begins, other minorities will also be targeted. We can look forward to threats and violence against anybody who does not conform to the Libertarian version of American values. Through the Protestant Work Ethic, poor people are seen as inferior and targets for Libertarian bile. Disabled people are seen as objects of charity and not as actual individuals with contributions to be made. Disabled people have already become verbal targets for demanding their Constitutional rights through the courts. African Americans have been verbal targets for years, and Libertarians now use Martin Luther King as a ventriloquist puppet just as they use Tom Jefferson.
There is a strong current of bullying and preying on the weak in Libertarian philosophy. Essentially it is the philosophy of the school yard bully. Disagreements with the majority are simply not allowed. Rather than argue, Libertarians deride opposition. They shout down rather than speak. “Do you think government can do a better job?” is a common intimidation tactic. Another tactic is referencing grade school anti-socialist propaganda. When all else fails they appeal to the Founding Fathers like Christianoids appealing to the Bible.
The purpose of Libertarianism is to manipulate society for corporate advantage. Corporations want workers who will obey, not workers who will think. Peer pressure makes a workforce that is ready to follow company policy without question. This is why there is such an anti-intellectual current amongst Libertarians. This is why there is always the threat of violence. Scapegoating assures the corporations employees who will not stop and consider their own needs and wants. To do so would be unAmerican.

Another Winning Combination

Another Winning Combination

12 Comments on “3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause”

  1. Jay says:

    Speaking of scapegoating… Minutemen are not libertarians. Real libertarians believe in free markets – of both goods AND labor. The minutemen are bigots who have no idea what libertarianism is. Libertarians believe that it is morally wrong to use the initiation of violence (or the threat of) as a means of achieving political, social, or personal goals. This is the opposite of what the minutemen believe.

  2. billdunlap says:

    Minutemen would tell you that they were the true Libertarians. Sounds to me like you Libertarians need to purge your party.

  3. ProfessorZed says:

    The first Libertarians were Anarcho-Communists.

    Joseph Déjacque was the first to employ the term libertarian in a political sense in May 1857 in an argument with his friend Pierre-Joseph (‘Property is theft’) Proudoun.


    In essence, Libertarian is the opposite of Authoritarianism. There is however ‘Libertarian Left’ just as there is ‘Libertarian Right’.

    So many of those calling themselves ‘Libertarians’ today will pretend that there is no ‘Left’ side at all. They claim that Libertarianism is the opposite of the left, of Socialism, and Communism. In fact, Libertarianism is not the opposite of Communism at all. It is the opposite of Authoritarianism.

  4. billdunlap says:

    This is not the 19th Century and meanings and names tend to shift. I was also under the impression that the Libertarian movement grew out of the New Left of the SDS.

    The problem with the Libertarian movement of today is that it is misnamed. It should be called the Roll over for the Corporations movement because that is exactly what is happening. The elimination of regulations have allowed that which is being regulated to take over our government.

    It just goes to show that fascism can grow out of the left as easily as it grows out of the right.

  5. Jay says:

    What elimination of regulations? Bush was a big time regulator, government has grown enormously in the past eight years. See See http://www.reason.com/news/show/130328.html

    The only “weakening” of regulations came from the Democrats demanding that loans be made to people who can’t afford them.

    Do you really believe that regulating bodies are run by individual citizens? They are run by the big corporations. The “regulations” are loved by the big corporations because they make it harder on the competition from small startups. Many regulations are used to maintain monopoly. Corporatism is not something libertarians support at all. See http://www.fff.org/freedom/fd0411e.asp

    ProfessorZed – I agree with you. I think that the failings of the Republicans have caused many on the right to start calling themselves libertarians. Conservatives are not libertarians.

  6. Jay says:

    “These two entities — Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — are not facing any kind of financial crisis. ‘The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing.” – Barney Frank in 2003 pushing for deregulation

    See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MGT_cSi7Rs

    There is good regulation and bad regulation. As a minarchist libertarian I believe some regulation is needed. Fannie MAE and Freddie MAC have been granted monopoly powers in the market by the Fed. They needed to be regulated (or dissolved) to be constrain their monopoly powers.

  7. billdunlap says:

    Study the financial deregulations of the last 28 years. Then look at the voting records of some of your Libertarian darlings, such as Ron Paul.

  8. billdunlap says:

    Oh, and Jay?

    Regulatory agencies are generally made up of people in the industry. The idea behind regulatory industries is to have actual citizens in places of authority. Alas, it stopped working due to deregulation.

  9. Jay says:

    Yeah, there is the “idea” and then there is the reality. The reality is that those who have the most to gain from controlling regulatory agencies are the big corporations themselves. The consumer and the small mom and pop businesses don’t have the time or resources to serve on regulating agencies.

    Some regulation is good, some regulation is bad. There has been much more regulation in the past 30 years than deregulation. Some of it good, some of it bad.

    Deregulating the airlines was the best thing that has happened for consumers. Competition and the free market and caused prices to drop and safety to increase.

    Deregulating banks has been a bad thing. Banks, spurned on by the fed (and the Democrats), had dangerously reduced their reserves while taking on too much risky debt. Meanwhile the government monopoly Federal Reserve prints money at will and is unanswerable to anyone.

    The government has become so big and pervasive that it is hard to argue whether or not something is regulation or deregulation. The energy “deregulation” in California for example was only partial deregulation. Consumers were allowed to shop around, yet wholesale prices were capped below market values. We all know the results. “Freeing” the market in California was like teaching someone to swim by throwing them in a lake with their hands tied behind their backs. You can’t have so called “deregulation” of an industry when the government yields monopoly power or drastically controls other aspects of industry.

    I think the Democrats get hung up too much on the terms regulation and deregulation. Deregulation has become the Democrat’s strawman.

    I don’t mean to pick on the Democrats, the Republicans are often just as bad.

  10. billdunlap says:

    And of course Ron Paul had nothing to do with underfunding the regulatory bodies such as the SEC or the FTC. The treasury is 10 years behind because they no longer have the budget or the man power to do their jobs.

    The Free Market is like Jesus or Buddha, quaint legends with no real existence. Whatever momentary benefit consumers get from deregulation turns around and bites them in the ass later.

    Take a look at Europe. Your average European has a minimum standard of medical care. Please do not bore me with scare stories about National Health. I had a knee cap replaced in Oxford England 30 years ago, and I have never had a moment’s problem with it. Europeans have a mandatory month’s vacation. Rent and utilities are subsidized, so the average European can enjoy his vacation. They get to go to New York or San Francisco and get freaked out over our homeless population.

    But to the Libertarian, having lower airfares is more important than people having roofs over their heads.

  11. Jay Edgar says:

    Airline deregulation is just one example of deregulation. There hasn’t been much deregulation lately. There was a flurry of deregulation in the late 70’s/early 80’s followed by lots of regulation (especially in the Bush years).

    The Airline Deregulation Act was back in 78. It was pushed by a Democrat (Kennedy) and signed into law by Carter.

    Other deregulations that occured during that time were mostly pushed by Democrats. We have the Motor Carrier Act of 1980 which deregulated the trucking industry. This was a Carter initiative.

    Then there was Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978 that got rid of federal price controls (also a Democrat inititiative).

    The Railroad Revitalization Act of 1976 and the Staggers Rail Act of 1980 both deregulated the rail industry. Both were supported by the Carter administration.

    Exactly what deregulation are you talking about?

  12. billdunlap says:

    It does not matter whether the deregulation happened under Democrats or Republicans. As far as I am concerned there is no significant difference between the two parties. I am talking about just about all deregulation but especially deregulation of the financial industry and deregulation of the retail industry. I am saying that it is all bad.

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