I was a libertarian.
In fact, I still consider myself one for the most part. I still believe that the recognition of private property is the best way to allocate scarce resources.
I don’t even really want there to be a state. Rothbard and his successors demonstrated pretty successfully that all goods and services currently provided by the state would be better provided in private markets through voluntary means.
Now, however, I call myself a post-libertarian.
Why? Because while a private property social order seems to be the most ideal form of social organization, comparing our current society to this ideal is an inherently impractical way of altering the state’s present conduct.
Of course, libertarians hear the “impractical” objection very frequently, so they learn to dismiss it off hand, as they see it as an attempt by statists to suggest that libertarianism is somehow a wrong or incorrect philosophy.
But they ignore this objection at their own peril. The “impractical” objection does not claim to prove libertarianism wrong per se, it just simply deems it unachievable.
Libertarianism, specifically anarcho-capitalism, serves as the right-wing’s communism. But, unlike communism, which is impossible in both practice and theory, anarcho-capitalism is possible, in fact irrefutable, in theory.
But, tragically, it simply does not matter how possible a private law society is in theory. The state will always exist in some form. Humans will always be violent and the most effective criminals will always organize to commit violence. Thus, anarcho-capitalism is rendered unachievable and certainly unsustainable.
So what does that make me ideologically? Well, I prefer fascism to communism, monarchism to fascism, and anarcho-capitalism to whatever forms of small states remain. And since I prefer fascism to our current American republic, I guess that means I’m a fascist now.
It’s ironic. In my libertarian days, all left-libertarians did was decry the “infiltration of fascists” into libertarianism. Despite the accusations, I genuinely was not a fascist. Now I am.
And I’m not ashamed of it.