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Political libertarianism is the libertarianism that we are exposed to through the media, a mass market astroturf libertarianism.

Political libertarianism, like the media, is part of the class war controlled top-down by plutocrats and operated for the benefit of plutocrats. It is not about "liberty" or "freedom": it is about ownership. The plutocrats want to convince the populace that:

  • Ownership of the vast majority of the world's wealth by plutocrats is legitimate and untouchable.
  • Changing that distribution will result in assorted horrors for everybody, including loss of liberty and freedom.

The plutocrats objective is political change to get more wealth and prevent losing any wealth to taxation or other liabilities.

Political libertarianism is dominated by public relations programs that have been around since at least the 1930's, reacting to Progressivism. The Mount Pelerin Society in the 1950's catalyzed a great expansion of these programs. The Koch brothers have largely organized or controlled the libertarian public relations programs, and they scored their first big successes in the 1980's under Reagan. Without the hundreds of millions of dollars pumped into public relations programs, right-wing political libertarianism would be just another fringe political belief as small as left-libertarianism.

This is also called vulgar libertarianism by Kevin Carson. The message really is: “Them pore ole bosses need all the help they can get.”

Political libertarianism maintains a continual drumbeat of propaganda: attempting to inject libertarian ideas and terminology into almost every public issue while filtering out opposition, because repetition is the heart of propaganda. A more complete description of this methodology is found in Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media. Political libertarianism is not the only plutocratic tool: much conservatism is similarly exploited, for example by the Heritage Foundation and most recently by the Tea Party.

Political libertarianism is why the Critiques Of Libertarianism site is so very large: propagandists attempt to shoehorn almost every issue and subject into libertarian ideology.


History of Libertarianism (6 links)
Libertarianism, especially the economic aspects, has always been a front for monied interests.
A few books to help you understand what is wrong with libertarianism. (13 links)
These books generally do not attack libertarianism directly, but as you read them, you will understand more about how libertarianism is basically propaganda in favor of the policies the .01% want and how libertarianism has basically no philosophical legs to stand on..
Capital in the Twenty-First Century (book) (15 links)
This book shows how policies concentrate wealth in the hands of the .01%, increasing inequality. Libertarianism has always been sponsored by the extremely rich, and their positions have favored these policies or worse.
Conservative Intellectuals: Follow the Money [More...]
Libertarians are conservatives in terms of property, distinguished only by dislike of government. Their ideas, funded by plutocrats, are wrong because "because being wrong in the right way has always been a financially secure activity."
How Libertarian Ideas And Attitudes Are Spread (53 links)
The spread of libertarianism is not due to some "truth" or intrinsic goodness. Libertarianism would have stayed a fringe belief were it not for enormous public relations programs financed for generations by the extremely wealthy.
How the GOP stopped caring about you [More...]
"The history of the Republican Party shows why, since the Civil War, the nation has been caught in cycles of progressivism and reaction." Libertarians (the Kochs) have been important players in this latest cycle of plutocratic reaction.
Kochtopus (64 links)
An umbrella term for a huge number of organizations and publications founded, funded, or controlled by Charles and David Koch over roughly 40 years. It includes most of the libertarian organizations and publications you've heard of: the Libertarian Party, the Cato Institute, Reason Magazine, State Policy Network, etc. and many major conservative organizations such as ALEC.
The Road from Mont Pelerin: The Making of the Neoliberal Thought Collective (book)
Vast, Right-Wing Conspiracy (27 links)
A term used by Hillary Clinton, which like politically Incorrect is sneered at by libertarians. Hillary was wrong: there are several vast, right-wing conspiracies, aimed at corporatism, movement conservatism, plutocracy, and theocracy, each with their respective billionaire sponsors. Koch, Scaife, Ahmundson, Coors, Murdoch, etc. Not to mention international kleptocractic money laundering conspiracies, which may have put Trump in office by laundering campaign donations through the NRA. The Kochtopus is probably foremost among them in the US, and the Mont Pelerin Society globally. Libertarians are among the cat's-paws of these conspiracies.
Wall Street, Corporatists, Neoliberals And Plutocrats (40 links)
There is strong overlap of goals between big wealth and libertarians. These fellow travelers often fund libertarians and their organizations to promote overlapping goals. This is a class war: between the first-class citizens (large corporations and the very rich) and ordinary people.
Why the 'Libertarian Moment' Isn't Really Happening [More...]
"Young voters are not libertarian, nor even trending libertarian. Neither, for that matter, are older voters. The "libertarian moment" is not an event in American culture. It's a phase in internal Republican Party factionalism."
Wingnut Welfare (4 links)
Plutocratic funders funnel vast amounts of money for political purposes through myriads of shell companies. They evade campaign finance regulation and mislead the IRS about the purpose to get unjustified charitable tax deductions and conceal the origin of the money. The ironic thing is that spreading market ideology is not profitable, and must be subsidized by the wealthy.


More to the point, the Randians/Paulites and the vast number of people who casually call themselves “libertarians” form almost the totality of libertarianism -- Cowan’s utilitarian academic economist version, or Chomsky’s s-called “Left-Libertarianism”, or any number of idiosyncratic micro political philosophies which self-identify as libertarian or libertarian influenced are, well, inconsequential.
Keith Ellis, "Comments at Matt Yglesias' "What Is Libertarianism?""
[A blind spot]... a simply weird refusal to acknowledge the huge role played by money and monetary incentives promoting bad ideas.
Paul Krugman, "Conservative Intellectuals: Follow the Money"
… Libertarians’ delight in considering themselves rough-and-tumble, independent thinkers. I can’t help noticing however, that their fierce independent thinking often matches perfectly with powerful business and corporate interests.
John Jackson, "Frank Chodorov: Scrappy Libertarian, Crappy Oracle"