History/Culture, Politics/Economics

Libertarianism Needs Nationalism (Not Statism)

Author: Rik Storey

Why it Pays to Have a National Identity.

This article was originally published on proudboymagazine.com.

On the anniversary of 9/11, President Obama called for the US to embrace diversity.

The reason multiculturalism makes my blood boil is, whilst I am a libertarian, I am also strongly nationalistic.  Many libertarians confuse nationalism with collectivism, statism, and racism; the implication being, if you’re an alt-righter and share nationalistic sentiments, you’re no libertarian.  They assume we are delusionally taking personal pride in the historical achievements of long-dead, successful European people.  That is, we forget our individualistic selves and imagine a racial collective which can take credit for the achievements of others who share certain genes.  But, that’s not why I’m nationalistic at all.

Of course, I am proud of Western civilization for developing modern capitalism and an overwhelming number of other great innovations, just as I am proud of the association I have with my beautiful, bright daughter or the successes of a close friend.  These things are a social benefit, however remote, to me and so I feel a natural desire to celebrate them.  However, my nationalism is based purely on my subjective values, derived from simple, socio-biological facts; not some superficial notion of ‘white pride’ – you know, Aristotle and John Locke were white etc.

First, nationality does not necessarily refer to the legal citizenship of a nation-state.

Eminent libertarian scholar, Murray Rothbard, noted, ‘Contemporary libertarians often assume, mistakenly, that individuals are bound to each other only by the nexus of market exchange.’  Therefore, any talk of groupings, such as nations, is considered as collectivist as statism.  ‘They forget that everyone is necessarily born into a family, a language, and a culture. Every person is born into one or several overlapping communities, usually including an ethnic group, with specific values, cultures, religious beliefs, and traditions.’  This is the original meaning of nation – effectively, the extended tribe.

So, why do I favour homogeneity among European-origin groups?  Simply, there probably wouldn’t be a libertarianism without it.  In a previous article, I identified four socio-biological characteristics which gave rise to libertarianism in the West; one of which is earnestness, that is, a high-trust society.  Studies show that the societies with the highest levels of trust are characterized  primarily by ethnic homogeneity, such as Japan, but especially the Nordic countries.  Entire empires have fallen because of the tribalistic desire to look after one’s own.  The Ottomans stole millions of European children from our shores for centuries in order to indoctrinate them and create Janissaries – an administrative class with no biological ties to any group, only the state.  For the same reason, the Romans posted their infantry to far-flung parts of the Empire, removing all regional ties.

As Nima Sanandaji explains in his book, Scandinavian Unexceptionalism, pre-existing cultural norms are responsible for the low levels of poverty among Scandinavians both within and without Nordic countries, before and during the harmful socialistic policies adopted since the 60’s and 70’s.  Of course, a higher average IQ, a propensity to hard work and a cultural respect for private property rights are important, but you need trustworthiness for healthy, regular trade.  Without a high trust society, you won’t have a significant capitalist class developing and, without that, you can kiss the manifestation of libertarian institutions good-bye.  In short, if you love freedom, you’ve got to love homogeneity.

What makes this talk of national groups individualistic?

Just because Westerners organise into societies with distinct cultures, doesn’t mean those cultures are collectivist, such as the Chinese and Japanese.  I subjectively value libertarian society, for myself and for my loved ones.  The more libertarian – the freer the people – the better.  I, therefore, value those groups which most manifest libertarian cultures and principles, and Western civilization alone has done so.  The incentive, then, for my white nationalistic streak is the libertarianism of largely homogeneous European societies, most notably, those of the Anglosphere.  Simply put, if libertarianism is to become more than an intellectual theory of law, if it is to manifest and grow in the future, it must become nationalistic.

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