To the Talented Mr. Milo: Sorry Darling, Freedom Is Fabulous

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To the Talented Mr. Milo: Sorry Darling, Freedom Is Fabulous

Recently my conservative friend Milo Yiannopoulos was featured in an interview on TheNation.com . You might wonder why this notorious lefty magazine would be interested in the view of the most notorious right-wing commentator of the present season. The answer might have something to do with a certain common enemy. After all, in this interview he referred to libertarians as “a joke.”

Milo Yiannopoulos

More specifically:

“Libertarians are children. Libertarians are people who have given up looking for an answer. This whole ‘everybody do what they want’ is code for ‘leave me to do what I want.’ It’s selfish and childish. It’s an admission that you have given up trying to work out what a good society would look like, how the world should be ordered and instead just retreated back into selfishness. That’s why they’re so obsessed with weed, Bitcoin, and hacking.”

We can agree to disagree on issue priority. Ending the drug war and mass incarceration, monetary exploitation by central banks, and developing technological alternatives to State controls over market commerce and communication isn’t as interesting to some people as combating feminist dance therapy classes on campus. But I think that to dismiss these things as “a joke” holds less intellectual fortitude than the script for Ghostbusters 3.

Liberty Is a Good Thing

Yes Milo, libertarians want people to be able to “do whatever they want” within the bounds of respecting individual and property rights. A gay couple should be able to engage in a voluntary relationship and contract without religious persecution. A retired veteran with PTSD should be able to smoke marijuana in his own back yard without fear of the DEA kicking down his door.

The government should have little to no authority to dictate what somebody does with their own person or property. Isn’t that why the Brexit referendum to leave the EU was successful?

Freedom is not only essential to the good life, it is the institutional condition that built civilization as we know it. Everything else that Milo and others of his bent appreciate about the world relies on this condition. It is cavalier, to say the least, to dismiss as a childish luxury the thing that it took so many hundreds of years to develop, understand, and secure.

Self Interests Fuel Capitalism

There’s a difference between being selfish and pursuing one’s own self interests. Individuals having the autonomy and instinct to maximize happiness is one of the most universally beneficial aspects of humanity’s evolutionary timeline. Granted philanthropy will always exist and can serve to benefit society on an unprecedented scale. But to promote this idea of obligatory philanthropy to the collective nation state is ludicrous.Donald Trump achieved much of his success through his own self interested volition.

Western civilization didn’t come to be via central planners. The ambitions of individuals are what built this nation (and the idea of the West itself, that very thing that Milo claims to be defending), built by the dreamers who came to build a life for themselves; something that couldn’t be achieved in a hard nationalist rulership. America should not be viewed as a commune to be directed, but rather as a spontaneous economy where ideas can compete. It is only within this framework that innovation can arise and accomplish feats that are unimaginable by any non-capitalist society’s standards.

It’s also interesting that Milo, as the world’s premier supporter of Trump, prefers this idea of global altruism and selfless allegiance to the nation state. Donald Trump achieved much of his success through his own self interested volition. Sure, some political connections and under-the-table cronyism likely contributed, but overall Trump became a billionaire not because of any patriotic duty to America, but by engaging in capitalist ambition and “selfish” pursuits of success via enterprise.

America’s Lifeline Is Not Dependent On Its Politicians

Another concerning statement Milo made in this interview was his response to a question, “What will happen if Trump doesn’t win?” His answer:

”America is done. The Second Amendment won’t survive.”

First and Second Amendment rights aren’t subject to voidance just because a globalist harpy gets into the Oval.I know Mr. Yiannopoulos is still recovering from his European feudal past, so I’ll be gentle.

America doesn’t retain its rights through the mercy of our politicians. For years, we’ve been told we have to be pragmatic and plead with Washington bigwigs for our freedoms. We’ve been told that we have to settle for bureaucratic guardians and cuckservatives to keep the mean ol’ Democrats from taking our guns. Continuing this cycle of right-wing cowardice serves to help no one. And I think many in the Alt Right may agree with me, even if we agree on nothing else.

I know in Europe you guys conceded your right to free speech and self defense at the whim of governmental dictation. But America will not go down so easily. First Amendment and Second Amendment rights are not subject to voidance just because a globalist harpy gets into the Oval. Nor will Americans acquiesce to the military draft you recently championed in a speech I attended. Our rights were not obtained by requested permission from the King, and our rights will not be taken by the arbitrary ruling of a leftist Supreme Court.

Look Milo, I understand the importance of the cultural war being waged against the West as much as anyone. From corrupt leftist politics to regressive Marxist academia and media, I, like you, want to combat this wave of ideological cancer infecting one of the last bastions of freedom.

But we can do so without going full fascist™. As you admit, the rise in the popularity of the Alt Right and more nuanced cultural libertarianism is about culture. It doesn’t really have a defined economic policy. Well, let libertarians help you with that. Let’s not go back to establishment Republican corporatism or ignore economics completely and leave the door open to socialist sympathizers. Don’t cast out liberty and sensible economics in your pursuit of culturally saving the West. Because if you do, you’ll be contributing more to its demise than its preservation.


TJ Brown

TJ Brown

Taleed J. Brown is a content intern at FEE and hosts the popular YouTube channel “That Guy T“.

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4 Comments on "To the Talented Mr. Milo: Sorry Darling, Freedom Is Fabulous"

  1. Check this INSANE footage of the anti Milo Yiannopoulos protest @ DePaul University! MUST WATCH:
    https://youtu.be/vn-l3C8kn94?list=PLoQTg3myRNTeBbH_wcuw6VEX77ZiFst8H

  2. What’s important above all is that those of us on the Right stick together in spite of the small differences that have divided us and kept us apart.

    In general I agree with the Libertarian point of view expressed in this article, but these troubled times require something far more firm to set boundaries on the Left. This passive idea that generally holds sway over Libertarians is hardly respected by the Left, moreover, they steamroll over us with little regard for our individual rights. We need something far more aggressive and firm than what we have been putting up these past 30 years.

    Unite the Right!

  3. Well I’m going to have to disagree with you, because Gary Johnson, the LP candidate, is certainly socially liberal and fiscally conservative just as you described. Literally, he has said that. And he owns a business.

    Don’t mistake libertarian philosophy for policy. This world will never be ready for a full implementation of that, but it is good to aim near it. Your lack of knowledge on this shows with the private army remark, because if you knew about the Non Aggression Principle, you would then know where that train of thought comes from.

    Libertarians don’t understand value? Uh, no, I’m pretty sure I understand the necessity for computers. Computers and other departments make business more efficient, and make the bottom line better. Government, while helpful sometimes, is also a weapon to be used by competitors against others. Government is a weapon that the average person is defenseless against. Decentralization in every regard is coming, whether you accept it or not.

    Honestly, I could go on for hours, but you really ought to educate yourself some more on the topic. Libertarians have never had their chance to do anything, so really I find it laughable to even bother to denigrate them/us in light of the immense failures of the two parties now.

  4. A CLASSICAL liberal is someone who believes in limited government, is socially liberal and fiscally conservative. For a strong military and a balanced budget but against federal welfare spending and victimless crimes. For no restrictions on who you marry, what you eat, drink, smoke or shoot up in your own home, but at the same time for harsh penalties when your individual liberties harm others, for instance DUI. A CLASSICAL liberal also understands that there is a proper role of government, to protect our way of life from aggressors foreign and domestic, to provide a justice system and a police force and a central authority to create law to meet the values of We the People.

    A Libertarian is very much like the classical liberal but less authoritarian and far more anarchist. Believing the free market can produce a justice system, military and a police force without acknowledging that private police and judges might enforce the law selectively when it comes to their employers, and a private military might be purchased by your enemies, let alone the economies of scale that federal governmental purchasing power brings and the problems that arise without a central currency.

    A Libertarian has never owned their own business, because had they, they would realize that the computer department, accounting, sales and HR don’t add value but are all NECESSARY to run a large business and that government is simply and extension of that same premise of specialization.

    Unfortunately, modern Progressive neo-Liberals are both socially and fiscally liberal, they want the government to grow, to regulate every aspect of commerce and taxing and borrowing to pay for all the freebies that they think all Americans should have, as well as giving everyone every freedom regardless of the cost to the population (except of course for the right to guns). The put people over business and the long term stability of the country.

    And the modern Conservative isn’t much better, both socially and fiscally conservative they want the government to shrink, to not regulate any aspect of business and to regulate what individuals do in the privacy of their own homes, who can marry who, etc… They seem to put business and the long term stability of the country over people.

    Why can’t everyone just be socially liberal and fiscally conservative?

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