Monday, April 01, 2019

Reason Magazine editor questions and explains "The Libertarian to Alt-Right Pipeline"




ScotchOikos (apparently Zach Weissmueller from Reason) explains “The Libertarian to Alt-Right Pipleline”.  For a YouTube video, this is a stunning, attention-grabbing and not uplifting title.


It’s rather disturbing, and the speaker, who says he is in his early twenties himself, first admits that people his age are sometimes malleable as to their future political views.

There are circumstances that can lead libertarians and Bannon-ists to support the same ideas, for different motives.  He gives an example of Barry Goldwater’s candidacy against LBJ in 1964.  (I remember the short documentary “The War Game”, seeing it in grad school before being drafted).
  
Given his own background, it is expected that he would discuss the way anti-Semitism mixes with anti-government ideology. 
  
The also gets into the idea that non-white peoples today are more likely to believe in collectivism, so the “whites” need to organize themselves because individualists can easily be defeated by an organized, united “enemy”.

There is also simply the idea that persons may be forced into personal interactions with others that they do not want intimacy with, because they have grown up with a certain ideal favored by a more segregated past. Individualists may feel shame in being expected to demonstrate as part of an "oppressed group". 

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