Ian B on the Paradigm that Never Shifts
I have argued that this is because nobody has really analysed properly what is going on. There remains a persistent belief in the power of “reason”, and the implication that one can in some way sit down in a reasonable way and using reason win an argument. The problem (or at least, a problem) with this is that our enemy are not the least interested in such a debate, let alone what “reason” may dictate.
The first step is to understand that we live in a society in which all that matters is the moral high ground. If you have that, you win. If you do not have it, you lose. They have it. We do not. This is because we prize doing the right thing rather than the rational thing. If you were in a lifeboat and could stay alive by devouring a baby, that would be the rational thing, but morally repulsive, and the latter is how you would be judged. To argue otherwise is to side with the devourer of infants, and in a society of high morals, you simply do not do that. And we are a society of high morals, probably the most moral society in our history. Amazingly, most on “the right” persist- in this moralist society- to insist that the enemy are amoralists, or immoralists, one or the other.
It is immoral to seek profit over social good. It is immoral to dispute immigration. It is immoral to think badly of homosexuals. It is immoral to do unhealthy-unwellbeingness things. It is immoral to not seek the greatest public safety. It is immoral to smoke, to drink (or at least, enough to feel the effects), to objectify women, to question the NHS or the BBC, to seek lower taxation, to criticise a Muslim (but not, paradoxically, a “Zionist”) and most immoral indeed to be adjudged to be on the “far right”. This is a moral struggle, not an intellectual one. It’s not about what is rationally right, but what is most moral. It’s whether you would starve in virtue or consume an innocent baby.
Libertarianism- grounded as it was effectively in economics- was a powerful argument against socialism and Marxism. Against the towering moralism of Progressivism, it is virtually neuter. We need to look at things a whole different way around. The fight is on against the Proggies (now having acquired the useful epithet “SJWs”) and it’s time Libertarianism moved into the centre of that fight. We need to offer a new understanding of society, a new understanding of history, a new narrative a new discourse, and free cakes. We can’t just keep quoting Murray Rothbard and hope one day somebody will listen.