From Blood and Soil
Libertarianism has been riding high the last couple of decades with popularity of political candidates like Ron Paul and websites like lewrockwell.com. Many of the articles you will read from this side of the political spectrum will be heavily laden with conspiracy theories and the idea that man is basically good and if he leaves his neighbor alone, his neighbor will leave him alone as long as there is no government intervention. Small government or something close to no government is one of the key components of their stated platform. You could do a very time-consuming study in trying to fully understand this complicated and varied belief, but the result of all forms of libertarian belief begin and end with the person and their personal freedom. We can study what the various beliefs are, but if you look at what the libertarians are speaking about today it is traditional economic models with close to unlimited social freedoms. Hence the idea and catchy title liberty..arian.
Personal liberty is the purpose of government, to protect liberty – not to run your personal life, not to run the economy, and not to pretend that we can tell the world how they ought to live. Ron Paul
Conservatism on the other hand has morphed into something more mainstream politically as it is one of the two main schools of thought running America today. The original idea of conservatism was to keep beliefs thought traditional as the norm of society and politics. The forward to yesterday way of thinking. Conservative ideology often invokes the good old days or beliefs of yesterday being better or more enlightened than today. New or progressive is bad. Traditional is good.
To be conservative, then, is to prefer the familiar to the unknown, to prefer the tried to the untried, fact to mystery, the real to the possible, the limited to the unbounded, the near to the distant, the sufficient to the superabundant, the convenient to the perfect, present laughter to utopian bliss.” Michael Joseph Oakeshott
Unfortunately what is mostly called conservatism in America today revolves around the presidential term and ideals of Ronald Reagan which was heavily laden with worship of the military and state, coupled with the idea that America itself isn’t a people, but an experimental idea. Not just an idea, but a shinning house on the hill with the moral right to police the world and expect other people and nations to accept the American ideal.
“I, in my own mind, have always thought of America as a place in the divine scheme of things that was set aside as a promised land. It was set here and the price of admission was very simple: the means of selection was very simple as to how this land should be populated. Any place in the world and any person from those places; any person with the courage, with the desire to tear up their roots, to strive for freedom, to attempt and dare to live in a strange and foreign place, to travel halfway across the world was welcome here.” Ronald Reagan
Where libertarianism begins and ends with individual freedom as an ideology. Modern or New conservatism is heavily wrapped in a mythical legend such as that of the Northern armies out to save the Union and free the slaves by massacring hundreds of thousands of their supposed countrymen and forcing them to their will for their own good. Since the war for Southern Independence, this model is used by American armies up and until today. Modern conservatism in practice is little different from modern liberalism with regards to its use of power and the state. The answer to Bill Clinton was George W. Bush who gave us many large and statist government programs and two more wars waged on foreign soil to force sovereign nations to the American will. His replacement, President Obama resigned the Patriot act and has carried on even more statist programs than Bush.
There will soon come an armed contest between capital and labor. They will oppose each other, not with words and arguments, but with shot and shell, gun-powder and cannon. The better classes are tired of the insane howling of the lower strata and they mean to stop them. William Tecumseh Sherman