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Hardcore libertarians differentiate between pro-Trump patriots and Black Lives Matter detritus.

BLM rioters trashed, looted and leveled their countrymen’s private property, their businesses.

Democratic stormtroopers harassed their fellow Americans—meek men and women in eateries, in shopping malls, in the inner sanctum of their homes—often forcing innocents to kneel or recite repulsive, self-incriminating racial catechisms.

These Mao-like cultural revolutionaries descended like locusts on places where their fellow Americans shop and socialize, sadistically threatening, and often visiting, physical harm upon their countrymen, unless they knelt before them like slaves.

In contrast, the ragtag men and women of the MAGA movement stormed only the seat of power and corruption that is the State.

Yet, in reply to the fact that “entire cities were burned to the ground” by the Left’s militarized BLM troops, some of the staunchest of conservatives, staffers at Breitbart, are purported to have concluded, in error, that “storming the Capitol building” is much worse than “than burning down strip malls.”


Hardcore libertarians, very plainly, think the opposite. Like us or not, the radical, libertarian propertarian—who does not live inside and off the Beltway—will strongly disagree with the contention of the Trump-blaming Breitbarters.

A certain kind of libertarian, the good kind, distinguishes clearly between those who, like BLM, would trash, loot and level private property—the livelihoods and businesses of private citizens—and between those who would storm the plush seats of state power and corruption.

For the State is an entity that, by definition, forsakes the legitimate defense of the lives, liberty and property of its citizens. The State’s standard operating procedure is to fleece us without flinching, all the better to fatten its members and, reflexively, to increase their sphere of influence.

Libertarians who live by the axiom of non-aggression will always prefer the man who proceeds against the State, governed as it is by force, to the man who destroys private property, rooted as that institution is in peaceful, just, voluntary transactions.

There, I’ve said it!

It’s no secret that rock-ribbed libertarians—as opposed to the lite, establishment libertarian—view the State, certainly in its current iteration, as a criminal enterprise. For it operates with force and without the consent of the governed.

If tempted, foolishly, to argue this theoretical point, think only of the meaning of the 2020 election, whereby 81,283,098 million people, or 51.3% of those who voted, not of the people, get to impose their will on 74,222,958, or 46.8% of the voters, as well as on the millions who didn’t vote.

Moreover, and since we are no longer a republic in which central authorities have only limited and delimited powers—all the people in the commonwealth are compelled to do as the Permanent State and the newly minted state dictate.

No! Government governs without the consent of the governed, for the most, and with the backing of oft-brutal police powers.

Which is why, incidentally, Tucker Carlson’s question to a guest on his eponymous Fox News show, the other day, was so misguided.

The young lady’s two small businesses had been bankrupted by her state’s brutal lockdown regimen, which targeted her tiny enterprises, but not the big-box retailers around them. Why was she still paying her taxes, Tucker inquired?



Taxes are not voluntary. The State is not based on the principle of voluntary association. Tucker ought to try to withhold his taxes. Fail to fork over the shakedown funds extracted by the syndicate that is the State—and you’ll find yourself in a cell.

Incontestably, your money, as a private individual working in the private economy, comes from the avails of your labor and is 100% yours in natural law. As such, you should be able to withdraw it from an agency that doesn’t serve you—and even harms you—to give to one that does. But you can’t.

For that peaceful act of financial secession, the State will deprive you of your liberty.

Expose the Welfare-Warfare Surveillance State in all its depredations—and you’ll find yourself entombed forever, like Julian Assange or Edward Snowden (who, at least, lives free in Russia).

“What I saw in the Capitol on January 6,” lamented Never Trumpkin Matt Labash, at the Spectator, “made me physically sick… I couldn’t tell the difference [between the] Red Hats [and Antifa]. They [the Red Hats] were desecrating something they pretend to love.”

Truth be told, to the non-statist libertarian, those “citadels of democracy” mean very little that is good. Loss of life we lament—but the song-and-dance about the trampling of those citadels we consider overheated.

Our country is not to be equated with our Capitol.

Certainly, sickening is the cowardice of the garrison city-state that is D.C. In particular, the way the political parasites who comprise it are shielding themselves from us, as they deny us the right to protect private property from them and from their moral emissaries, Black Lives Matter.

Ilana Mercer has been writing a weekly, paleolibertarian column since 1999. She’s the author of Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011) & The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed” (June, 2016). She’s currently on Parler, Gab, YouTube & LinkedIn, but has been banned by Facebook and throttled by Twitter.

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  1. onebornfree says: • Website

    It’s no secret that rock-ribbed libertarians—as opposed to the lite, establishment libertarian—view the State, certainly in its current iteration, as a criminal e

    nterprise. “

    “Because they are all ultimately funded via both direct and indirect theft [taxes], and counterfeiting [central bank monopolies], all governments are essentially, at their very cores, 100% corrupt criminal scams which cannot be “reformed”or “improved”,simply because of their innate criminal nature.” onebornfree

    “Taking the State wherever found, striking into its history at any point, one sees no way to differentiate the activities of its founders, administrators and beneficiaries from those of a professional-criminal class.” Albert J. Nock

    The State is a gang of thieves writ large – the most immoral, grasping and unscrupulous individuals in any society.” Murray Rothbard

    “The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic” H.L.Mencken

    “Government is a disease masquerading as its own cure” Robert LeFevere

    Regards, onebornfree

    • Replies: @animalogic
  2. G. Poulin says:

    It is all too common for people today to equate the state with the nation, so that attacking the citadel of the state becomes, in their minds, an act of desecration. But the state is not the nation, the nation is not the state, and you can’t desecrate a whorehouse.

  3. imbroglio says:

    Tucker (and Laura) fell all over themselves condemning the “insurrectionists.” They understand the rage and frustration of the American peasantry in the face of late Romanesque moral, political and financial corruption and abuse of the citizenry — Tucker especially — but they believe in the legitimacy of the State nonetheless. Tucker always uses the anachronistic term “the color of their skin” and avoids the word “race,” knowing full well that the one isn’t the other. Still, he’s honest enough about what’s going on to get himself canceled.

    However true and decent your point may be, the 800 pound gorilla, upon entering the living room, isn’t going to be constrained by conscience when he lifts you off the sofa and settles himself down in your place and, with the remote in hand, clicks through the channels while helping himself to the potato chips.

    • Replies: @Realist
    , @Anon
  4. Realist says:

    Tucker (and Laura) fell all over themselves condemning the “insurrectionists.” They understand the rage and frustration of the American peasantry in the face of late Romanesque moral, political and financial corruption and abuse of the citizenry — Tucker especially — but they believe in the legitimacy of the State nonetheless.

    Carlson is not a friend to ninety-nine percent of Americans. Monday or Tuesday night Carlson spent the entire A block…begging for his life, stating over and over again that he was against the insurrection of January 6th, and that Fox News was also. He stated that he believed in God and wanted Americans to believe in our political system. Tucker is a cucker.

    In addition, every episode of Carlson has a segment about China’s bad. He just can’t stop his support of the right-wing narrative of the Deep State. The shit condition this country is in is not the fault of China.

    • Replies: @Trinity
  5. Realist says:

    Excellent points in this article.

    • Thanks: ILANA Mercer
  6. Trinity says:

    Tucker is the best on (((television))) but that is akin to claiming to being the best looking woman in the WNBA. He has a lot of Jew guests and Tucker, like all others on Jewtube, slobber over woman beater and sex pervert Michael King aka Martin Luther King. Tucker, Lush Limbaugh and the rest like Laura Ingraham ( gawd, she has the most irritating voice out there) won’t touch the JQ and Laura is yet another MLK stooge. Tucker does bring to light some good points for the normies out there, but for people that already know the score, he isn’t telling us nothing that we don’t already know.

    And for gawd’s sake the shit show on 1-6-2021 was a (((LEFTIST COUP))) incited by (((Antifa/BLM))) goons. An orthodox Jew was seen walking right alongside the Confederate battle flag waving actor and/or Trumptard. Sure some Trumptards got caught up in the moment, but lest we forget that little punk Black guy was seen right beside Ashli Babbitt when she was shot. is on the radio every single day for anyone interested in the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

  7. How dare those people despoil the property of The People; they should stick to despoiling and appropriating the property of the of other people.

  8. As such, you should be able to withdraw it from an agency that doesn’t serve you—and even harms you—to give to one that does. But you can’t.

    Of course you can, you just have to be creative.

    Do keep in mind that every dollar you give to the people masquerading as “government” is one more dollar that the so called “government” can use to harm someone with. Giving money to the world’s largest terrorist organization makes one complicit in it’s crimes. We all have a moral obligation to withhold our support from such an evil entity.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @animalogic
  9. In contrast, the ragtag men and women of the MAGA movement stormed only the seat of power and corruption that is the State.

    Thankfully, this time the MAGAs stayed out of the grocery store, and there were no scuffles. But when the cops—displaying admirable patience—finally forced them to leave the mall, patrons applauded as they were escorted out. Shoppers lined the upper tiers to cheer the removal, while below a MAGA complained that “this is like gestapo stuff.”

    The first thing that I realized when I took my first LE job is the massive degree of both (genetic) stupidity and serious (as opposed to garden variety) mental illness in the general population.

    This is because you are no longer dealing with those in society who you want to deal with, but instead you are dealing with the masses that you HAVE to deal with.

    Anyone who was momentarily intrigued by Q or trusted campaign Trump once he turned over governance to Jared is not of sufficient intelligence to think their way out of a semi-moist paper bag, but they lack the basic intellect and reasoning ability to comprehend this.

    Lolbertartianism is essentially the wish to enjoy all the personal and property protections of an organized society, without any adherence to the general welfare of its people or the policies of a viable nation state. It appeals to those who really dont view themselves as part of that particular civilization, but want to benefit from it.

    I once voted for the Wayne Allyn Root Presidential ticket, as at the time he seemed to me the best option, and some of his positions appealed on a practical basis.

    Recently, I was pleased when he appeared on Newsmax TV, which I do in fact watch exclusively because its free. I stopped what I was doing to listen to the man I had gone to extra effort to cast my vote for, and heard him make a heart felt plea on behalf of “My People”.

    For a moment, I paused and reflected on my vote, thinking of the reciprocated appreciation, until Root continued his statement adding ”The Jewish People”.

    So, this man does not appear to me think of Americans generally as ‘his people’, at least in a hierarchy of concerns, yet saw fit to seek the votes of those who are seemingly at best secondary in his pyramid of identification.

    I flinched a little at the insult when this was being broadcast, however I took some degree of pride in that, unlike Root, I voted for him knowing full well that he is Jewish, and never hesitated based on the type of factionalism and racialism that this comment resounded with.

    Because I am not a lolbertarian, I voted for whom I felt at the time sounded best for the nation, and assumed the candidate shared the same interests with me.

    • Agree: animalogic
  10. Burkhardt says:

    Even from a libertarian perspective, it’s not a good idea to be too blasé about attacks on the Capitol. If something like that is allowed or encouraged to become a regular thing, then government becomes beholden to the biggest mob. Those generally aren’t likely to consist of libertarians.

    Just saying.

    • Replies: @Orville H. Larson
  11. I see no difference between the BLM rioters and the MAGA rioters in the Capitol.

    If the MAGA rioters had caught Pelosi, AOC or even the hapless Mike Pence, they would have treated them like beaten dogs and Trump would be secretly laughing while saying that he is against violence, and he is for law and order.

    The truth is that Trump is no different from Kim of NKorea, or the leaders of Iran or Venezuela. He just is more constrained as he is in America, not the ME or NKorea.

    Let’s not confuse conservative principles with the regime of Donald Trump. Trump was a conman and an all-round scumbag. He was only pretending to a conservative to get votes.

    America is better with him gone, even if it is in the hands of Joe Biden.

    • LOL: Trinity
  12. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says:
    @Adam Smith


    The Z-man made the case (on his blog, I am linking to that post because it’s fundamental) to boycott, discreetly and cleverly staying within the laws, whenever and however possible, the system, since the system doesn’t represent those who should boycott it.

    • Agree: Adam Smith
  13. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says:

    but they believe in the legitimacy of the State nonetheless

    Oh yes, sure!

    They believe in it, otherwise they would have announced, on TV, “We don’t believe in the legitimacy of the State”. That’s how it should be done.

    So far as the average clarity of mind on the side of Trump voters is such, the illegitimate rulers don’t have much to worry.

  14. @Burkhardt

    ” . . . If something like that is allowed or encouraged to become a regular thing, then government becomes beholden to the biggest mob. . . .”

    Hell, the U.S. Government already is “beholden to the biggest mob”–the Israel Lobby, corporate PACs, every lobbyist with a checkbook. . . .

  15. Ilana, I agree that Mr. Carlson leaves a great deal to be desired. However, do you seriously think he’s not aware of why the woman still pays taxes (everybody knows about withholding, and the proverbial gun held to all of our heads). I think his “question” was obviously a rhetorical device meant to underline the injustice of this woman (and all the rest of us) being taxed to feed her oppressors.

    • Thanks: ILANA Mercer
  16. @onebornfree

    Yes, let’s chuck the baby out with the bathwater.
    Libertarians always make the mistake that the individual is prior to the State (this is true if you go back to hunter-gatherers). They always believe that the State is some kind of tumour, if ONLY you could just snip it off!!!
    If only we would allow “private” actors to just get on with business things would be…. perfect…. Anarchy.
    The 6 Jan people, many of them probably quite “nuts”, we’re justified by the reality that “the State, certainly in its current iteration, …[is] a criminal enterprise. “

  17. @Adam Smith

    A Tax strike would be excellent. But, it would have to cross party lines — otherwise the MSM will simply blame “white supremacists” “Trumpists” etc etc

    • Replies: @Burkhardt
  18. Burkhardt says:

    Can’t forever be living in fear of them.

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