But not this time, Friday. You’re not going to get me today. I was 2000 words deep into writing The Fight Club Guide to Content Marketing Vs Native Advertising for B2B when I looked at the time and realized I needed to get my shiz together and get this out the door.
Last night I got into my uber at 7:20 pm wearing black thigh highs and a choker and the driver says, “Are you going to work?”
Um, this seems ill-advised. But, rednecks from Arkansas gonna redneck I suppose. As Mike Tront put it, “BLM is far from perfect, but it kills me that libertarians aren’t embracing and fighting w/them on these issues.”
Some are. Jeffrey Tucker, for instance. I don’t know. The other day someone told me that there are several former-libertarian neoreactionaries who credit/blame me for their conversion. Like my social justice warrioring was so offensive to them that they has to flee libertarianism. My first response was to roll my eyes. But upon further reflection, two points. First, I’ve never advocated doing anything to grow government on net to advance social justice causes. Or any causes. So the idea that it’s my message that’s causing the fleeing is ridiculous.
Second, it pains me that libertarianism is so full of little flowers so delicate that the mere mention of the realities that other people have to live every single day of their lives causes them to be so triggered that they have to flee an in-group that is mostly openly hostile to and in denial of identity-based oppression for an in-group which actively and openly advocates for identity-based oppression.
It’s not just libertarianism. White fragility is very real. When polled, most white people actually believe they are the real victims of racism in America today. The mere mention of any attempt to correct for racism causes white job applicants to get so nervous they throw their interviews. White people aren’t even strong enough to think about the realities black people live every day.
I’m fucking exhausted. I’m exhausted by white identity politics. I’m exhausted by the fact that in libertarianism open racism and sexism by old white men is hardly remarked upon but a woman who is openly opposed to racism and sexism is angrily shouted down and told to leave their whites-only safe space.
I’m not a libertarian. Any philosophy that is supposed to address power and yet is perfectly compatible with racism and sexism is, in my opinion, both morally bankrupt and practically useless. So if you let someone who isn’t even a libertarian cause you to abandon a philosophy that is perfectly compatible with your racism and sexism for a philosophy that welcomes it, you were looking for an excuse, buddy.
Libertarianism will always be useless to me except as shorthand for other things because “limited government” isn’t inspiring except as a tactic to get something else. If you want wealth or freedom or opportunity it’s a way to get there. But it’s not a destination. What does “limited” even mean? Limited government does not describe an ideal society. It tells us nothing about power, because power is so much more than the state.
So, it less kills me that libertarians aren’t embracing and fighting with BLM on issues like overincarceration, police abuse, police accountability, and police departments harassing poor people for revenue generation, and more doesn’t surprise me at all and is part of why fuck libertarianism.