I would like to write about the last segment of today's Up with Chris Hayes when the panel discussed the state of the Republican Party. The panel was made up of John McWhorter, a Democrat who has criticized the Democratic Party, but now says he's on board completely, Avik Roy, a Republican, and a couple of progressive types I can't remember.
Avik Roy is a Centrist, so there was no one on the show to represent a small but powerful movement in the Republican Party that is similar to the Old Right of Frank Chodorov, Albert Jay Nock, Garet Garett, Rose Wilder Lane and others who represented classical liberalism moreso than conservatism. I have nothing against conservatives, per se -- it's just that conservatism mean so many things to so many people -- social, fiscal, neo, limited government. It's the limited government strain of conservatism that attracts me, and it's also the strain that most bothers Centrists and and Left, the Center-Left alliance. As I wrote the other day, Center-Left for my usage is not a point on a political line from extreme right to extrem left -- it's an alliance of Centrists and Leftists in the political realm designed to marginalize those who fight for limited government and a free market.
The nascent movement on the Right which promotes classical liberal principles is conservative only in that's the preferred label in the GOP. In real terms, they aren't looking to conserve anything recent in American politics, because our system of government has been progressively statist since the turn of the 20th century, with brief period of rhetorical pushback for the likes of Reaganites. For the most part, statism has won, even though the Serious Left would argue statism has gone far enough, and this is where we stand. You can say they are conservative in that they wish to reach back and conserve the principles of liberty and limits on power. When they're framed as insenstive to poverty and other problems supposedly addressed through powerful welfare state, this ignores their desire to deal with these issues through innovative private means. Some might even want to us a combination of public and private means, but the point is break away from government first and only means.
Although Centrists are making a lot of noise regarding compromise and no labels and smart cooperation between parties, the battle is forming between anti-statists and statists, and the anti-statists are outnumbered. The reason anti-statists are outnumbered is that the battle is understood mainly within the political realm. Anti-statism doesn't mean anarchy, so when the Left and the Centrists say the New Right hates government, they deliberately misrepresent the issue. Those in the private sector who might have attended a few Tea Party rallies or checked out the OWS protests have a superficial understanding of the problems in the political sphere. Hopefully more Americans are reading and gaining a deeper understanding of the historical battle between Domination and Liberty and will take the side of liberty, so that the political battle is transformed to a private sector/freedom movement that liberates us from a government that has taken on too much power over our lives and the economy.
I'm hoping that the battle moves beyond politics. I promote free people using the marketplace of ideas to persuade others of the viability and truth of their ideas, not political battles to gain power in order to coerce others to abide by the victor's ideas. My vision is not divided by Right Left -- it's a vision of free people working out their issues among themselves with government in place to protect our rights, property and borders. What I heard on Up with Chris Hayes was a desire from the Left to use political power to make policy that forces the Left's agenda. The Left is so convinced they are right, they view the current GOP as only obstructionists blocking what's right for America and humanity. Political power and coercion are not the right direction, for either party. Centrists who play the middle are just piddling until they can hitch their wagons on the proper star -- they need to make sure the stars aren't falling stars.