This is where it all sums up. The entire purpose of the Libertarian movement is to protect corporate power. Both inhuman and inhumane, corporations already rule this country with an iron hand. Rather than depend on one single political movement as Henry Ford and Prescott Bush did with the Nazi Party, the American-based corporations had three waves of Fascism. First was the Republican party as represented by Barry Goldwater. Then came the religious right. About the same time that the late, unlamented Jerry Falwell was rising to the top of the septic tank, Karl Hess was founding his “New Left”. The term was co-opted from the free speech and civil rights groups of the Sixties. The only thing it has in common with the SDS and the Black Panthers is the name. Hess’s “New Left” was only Goldwater conservatism dressed up in a hippie wig.
Barry Goldwater was the darling of the pro-Vietnam war faction of the United States. As the governor of Arizona, he joined with Georgia governor Lester Maddox and Alabama governor George Wallace as champions of the Ku Klux Klan and the Aryan Nation. The difference is that Goldwater was smarter than Maddox and Wallace and avoided racism in his rhetoric. Goldwater’s entire rationalization against civil rights was based on the Federalist Papers. That was the birth of the Libertarian movement.
The corporations had been taking a real beating since the FDR administration. There were federal watchdog agencies seeing to it that they conducted themselves in an ethical manner. There was no more selling on the margin for the stock brokerages, and the media could no longer pull con jobs on the public as Randolph Hearst so enjoyed doing. Legally protected collective bargaining assured even the humblest American his share of the American dream. Jim Crow guaranteed that corporations would have an excess labor pool which kept wages low and profits high. Civil rights destroyed that excess labor pool and removed wages from supply and demand. Wages would be set through collective bargaining instead.
The corporations had a brilliant friend in Goldwater’s scriptwriter, Karl Hess. He was a public relations expert who accurately predicted the rising popularity of Anarchy on the left. I suspect it was because he worked for the Black Panthers after he left the Goldwater camp. Hess came up with a “national anarchy” which was simply fascism with a new rhetoric. It was a rhetoric based on the Federalist Papers where the listeners were encouraged to identify with the Founders of the United States. It equated American freedom with free market capitalism. It rewrote history to forget that President Jackson had to bust the monopolies in order to preserve freedom. Hess promoted the myth of government spending as a means of preserving corporate profits and reducing the citizen’s ability to enforce corporate responsibility.
Human rights were reduced to the right to starve under a free market regime. Under Hess’s New Left, families and churches were responsible for the poor. Apparently Hess’s time with the Black Panthers failed to teach him that poor people generally have poor families, and anybody who walks through a major city will see how well the churches take care of the poor. Hess also promoted the Protestant Work Ethic and blamed the poor for America’s failure to maintain a minimal standard of living.
The most surprising thing is that nobody equated Karl Hess’s New Left with the rhetoric Ronald Reagan used when he took the White House and handed the nation over to the multinational corporations. The rhetoric was the same. Simply put, both Reagan and the New Left claimed that we had no responsibility for the state of our nation and our economy. We were supposed to let the mysterious force known as The Market Place take care of everything. This is the same as the Christianoids saying “let go and let God”.
The New Left has grown into the Libertarian Party, but remains true to its roots in Goldwater Conservatism. The Libertarian solution to everything is to ignore our responsibilities to our nation and our fellow citizens and let the corporations do anything they want without limit. Why they do this is found in the rhetoric that Libertarians use. We will look at this in tomorrow’s post.
The world is changing and not even the Born Again Christians have been able to stem the tide of changing sex roles. The steady decline in the standard of living have made the two salary household a necessity. As Born Again Churches have to bow to this necessity, so does the Libertarian movement. This does not mean that Libertarians have abandoned sexism. Sexism is alive and well and living in the Libertarian movement today. Only it is a sexism more in tune with today’s world than the ancient sexism in the Nazi Party… or is it?
Fascism has an element of hypocrisy which cannot be disguised. While pretending to be progressive, fascism promotes reactionary principles. Mussolini’s Corporationism pretended women’s suffrage while pandering to the Catholic Church and its misogynistic teachings. German fascism outright admitted that women were for producing more soldiers. Libertarians have to be a lot more subtle.
Libertarian sexism can be found in the works of Robert A. Heinlein. The late Heinlein was a political reactionary of the Goldwater school. This gave him much in common with Karl Hess. Hess was a professional Pubic Relations agent who had been Barry Goldwater’s speech writer. Hess was one of the fathers of the Libertarian Movement. Heinlein’s stories dovetailed perfectly with Hess’s “New Left” which rehabilitated Heinlein from a dangerous reactionary to a shining progressive.
Heinlein’s characterizations defined Libertarian sex roles. His men were tall, strong, shot straight, and never asked the government for anything. In his earlier works, his women all wanted to have babies. Then, in the early 1960s, Heinlein complicated his female characterization with Stranger in a Strange Land. In that book, women could have multiple sex partners, but did so to satisfy a Martian cult leader. Later works removed the religious angle but maintained the basic sexism. Homosexuality was mentioned but rarely portrayed. Women ran their own businesses, but only to maintain their true role as baby machines.
Confusing political progressivism with sexual progressivism is the hallmark of Libertarian sexism. It is also the hallmark of Libertarian class distinctions. It is perfectly acceptable to screw like mad minks if you can afford to raise the babies. If you cannot, then reproduction and sex itself is closed to you. Wealth becomes an important part of the Libertarian sexual identity. The main difference between European fascism and Libertarianism is the outright classism. You are not fully a man or a woman unless you are wealthy.
Gays and Lesbians are granted equal rights with the same lack of interest that Libertarians give junkies. Libertarians do not accept gays and lesbians as true equals, and place them within the same lower class as poor people who cannot afford to raise children according to Libertarian standards, or drug addicts. This is not to say that there are no gay or lesbian libertarians, but that gays and lesbians are not welcome into Libertarian society as full members. Traditional ideas of sexual morality are maintained in Libertarian society. The difference is that straight men have even more rights than anyone else.
An excellent example of this would be The Church of All Worlds. CAW identifies itself as a Libertarian church based on the works of Robert A. Heinlein. CAW encourages promiscuity amongst its members. Indeed, they discriminate against members who prefer to maintain an exclusive relationship. Homosexuality amongst male CAW members simply does not happen. I have only heard of one male CAW member who identified as bisexual. Bisexuality amongst females is encouraged as it is a turn on for the men. Men certainly do not put on little sex shows for the women. Full lesbians are not welcome amongst CAW. After all, men have no power over lesbians. I will be mentioning CAW again in the section about religion and fascism.
So that pretty much describes sex roles amongst Libertarians. Men are straight-jacketed into traditional stereotypes, while women are now the mutual property of the men, and their sexual freedoms stop where the male sex fantasies end. When you stop and think of it, Libertarians have a lot in common with Joseph Smith’s Mormon movement in the 19th Century. Women are still seen as baby machines for the state. The main difference is that now women have to earn half the salaries and remain second class citizens and sex objects.