I can’t remember who linked this, so I can’t credit them. It’s a speech by Hans-Hermann Hoppe about the future of libertarianism in light of the Alt-Right.
The theoretical, irrefutable core of the libertarian doctrine is simple and straightforward and I have explained it already repeatedly at this place. If there were no scarcity in the world, human conflicts or more precisely physical clashes would be impossible. Interpersonal conflicts are always conflicts concerning scarce things. I want to do A with a given thing and you want to do B with the same thing. Because of such conflicts – and because we are able to communicate and argue with each other – we seek out norms of behavior with the purpose of avoiding these conflicts.
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The Alt-Right may have some cracks that are beginning to show under pressure, but calling this theoretical core “irrefutable” is the height of intellectual masturbation. It is, in fact, exceedingly simple to refute.
Let’s imagine there is no longer any material scarcity in the world. Rather than fighting over the same thing so I can do A with it, I could have my own thing. But I don’t want my own thing. I want your thing. Why? Because I want to have a thing and you not to have it, which makes me better. Special. And we have observed in behavioral economics that the primary driving post-material motivation for economic activity is not material scarcity (by definition), but rather status scarcity. We don’t need to explain this empirical fact, only to observe that it will guarantee conflict until humans no longer wish to feel important, which is to say until the trumpet blows. Thus, the irrefutable foundation turns out to be made of sand. (Compare: the narcissistic roots of globalism and the political anthropology of slavery.)
When someone finds a way for everyone on earth to be the most important person at the same time, then we can talk about resurrecting Frankenstein’s patchwork monster. Until then, Hoppe should consider taking up math, music, or computer programming, which will be more his speed.