Govern Yourselves From Within, Or the State Will Govern You From Without

Guest post by Christopher Cook of Western Free Press…

It has been my contention for some time that libertarians and conservatives need each other more than they know.

The core principles that are front and center in libertarianism sometimes get lost in all the issues and identity politics of the conservative movement. This is an error. Conservatives must always return to the bright, flaming light of that pharos, or risk becoming increasingly adrift in a sea of details and petty disputes with an ever-advancing left.

Without a doubt, conservatives need the bright, pure core of libertarianism to undergird our ideological approach. But right now, I want briefly to point out how libertarianism needs conservatism.

Libertarians, imagine the perfect minarchist world, where we finally have beaten back the statist monster and reduced government to the night-watchman state we’ve always wanted. Finally, mankind is free to govern our own affairs, with the state playing but a minimal role—only taking care of those few things that cannot properly be done through voluntary, private action alone. What now?”

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