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.
This Post is for my friend Mikki.
Capitalism did not exactly take the intellectual world by storm. The intellectual elite and Bohemians of the 17th and 18th Centuries found it to be as bad an idea as Royalty. After all, Henry VIII began ennobling Capitalist burghers back in the 1600s. By the time the U.S Constitution was ratified, European Royalty were entirely capitalists and worked in tandem to keep the commoners out of commerce. By the early 1800s, the European intellectuals were waiting for the new American capitalists to become as corrupt and effete as European royalty.
One of the new Capitalist institutions that scared European thinkers the most was the concept of the corporation. Corporations were seen as monsters ravaging the lives of Europeans and Americans alike. Corporations were institutions where the wealthy could pool their resources and be treated as a single entity. Corporations were considered legal individuals under the law, were subjected to special lower taxes, and commanded resources well beyond the capability of individual mortals. Corporations could turn their vast financial powers against smaller and vulnerable individual business people. Corporations were so hated that Mary Shelley wrote a book about them. It was called Frankenstein.
An animated soulless corpse mindlessly destroying the countryside was indeed an apt simile to describe the corporations. The fledgling United States soon found them to be the greatest enemy of individual freedom and a healthy economy ever faced. President Jackson was forced to impose laws to prevent corporations from price fixing, salary fixing, and destroying competition. The corporations responded by trying to have Jackson impeached and removed from office for accepting a hogshead of cheese. They failed and the rest of the history of the United States can be seen as the federal government protecting the freedoms of its citizens from the depredations of the corporations.
The early 20th Century saw the next phase of the corporate attack on human rights and freedoms. It was called Fascism. Fascism is a system of government where the natural resources and production strength of a nation is held in trust for the corporations. Mussolini coined the phrase fascism because his friends did not like his original name for the philosophy: Corporationism. In Fascism the government removes all laws regulating the behavior of corporations, while maintaining the laws which protect corporations from individuals. For instance, in Nazi Germany, the Volkswagen corporation was privately held but was subsidized by German tax money. All corporations enjoyed the same rights to the point where there was no real competition in Germany and the corporations were dictating policy to Hitler and the Reichstags. The fact is that Germany fell long before the allies invaded Berlin, the corporations ate Germany like a cancer.
Indeed, we frequently go through periods when the corporations destroy us like a plague of locusts. The last time resulted in the crash of 1929. This time we are going through a series of crashes which are doing more long term damage to our economy than corporations have ever done before These crashes are not prevented because we have our own fascist movement which is very active in the United States today. It is misnamed The Libertarian Party and it is working hand in hand with the neocons to deprive us all of our rights and our freedoms.
Over the next two weeks I will be examining the Libertarian party in light of the 14 points of fascism. I will show how the Libertarians are pursuing the same goals and intentions of the Nazi party and how they are using the same propaganda and misdirection that the Nazis used to take power. I do so in hopes that people will see through the lies of the Libertarian corporate lap-dogs and in hopes that the citizens of the United States will take back their government before it is too late.