A Radical Libertarian and the 2012 Olympics

A fellow on twitter opined yesterday that one could not be a “libertarian” unless one was an “anarchist”. That is just not so. The very word “libertarian” was coined to mean “Classic Liberal” since the socialists had started calling themselves “liberals” and had destroyed the meaning of the word. Ludwig von Mises the great Classic Liberal was certainly a libertarian even though most agree he was not an anarchist. Perhaps that fellow was thinking of the class of libertarians sometimes called “Radical Libertarians“. I agree it is hard to imagine a radical libertarian who is not an anarchist politically.

Perhaps the word that best defines our distinction is “radical.” Radical in the sense of being in total, root-and-branch opposition to the existing political system and to the State itself. Radical in the sense of having integrated intellectual opposition to the State with a gut hatred of its pervasive and organized system of crime and injustice. Radical in the sense of a deep commitment to the spirit of liberty and anti-statism that integrates reason and emotion, heart and soul. – (M.N. Rothbard)

This writer is a radical libertarian. How can you tell? I hate the State with a passion that will not abate until the State is gone or I am. (most people are betting the State outlasts me) So you can imagine that I view the 2012 Olympics with a large dose of disdain. Don’t get me wrong: I have nothing against sports in general, especially amateur sports. But we are not looking at a worldwide gathering of amateur sportsmen.

The Olympics has morphed into a large, hugely expensive tribute to the nation States involved. It is a political statement. No wonder that many fear some sort of terror attack by some group hoping to hit nations at their very heart. If everyone was an amateur we would see only individuals at the games rather than team members of various nations. It would be wonderful to watch the world’s fastest men and women compete in sprints without them representing some evil government or the other. I agree with one writer who said he thought that the 2012 Summer Olympics had turned into “a $17 billion exercise in militarism, corporatism, surveillance and oppression.”

This may be “over the top” but if the USA and the nations of Western Europe want to have games where they are represented by teams; they should have military units engage in sports such as “night time baby killing from 1 mile in the sky”. I am sure the reader can supply many other such “games”. Perhaps the military units of the various States could engage in combat for the entertainment of their fans around the world. This could give a whole new meaning to the phrase “war games”.

I call on the States of the world to give the Olympics back to the people and stop this nationalistic display that only serves to separate rather than unite the people of the world.


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