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Malagisi, it seems to me, has made a keen observation about modern-day libertarianism. In retrospect, my criticism would have perhaps been better-directed at what Malagisi dubs the "Neo-Objectivists."
Presently, there are two groups of classical liberals that represent one-third of the conservative coalition – Conservative-Movement Libertarians and Neo-Objectivists. Conservative-Movement Libertarians are the majority and associate themselves with the traditional "Classical Liberal" wing of the conservative coalition. They are not only ardent limited government supporters but understand the importance of being part of a larger coalition in order to actually achieve legislative and electoral victories. They understand that being right, in the sense of being philosophically correct, is not sufficient to win.
On the other hand, Neo-Objectivists, led by Rep. Ron Paul (TX-14) and his affiliate groups, demand libertarian ideological purity and are outright hostile to the other strands of the conservative coalition. The Neo-Objectivists are the modern descendants of Ayn Rand and her philosophy of objectivism. While Rand is known primarily for her two novels – Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead – her philosophy of objectivism, stressing radical self-interest and domestic isolationism, lives on through the Neo-Objectivist's cult-like following of Ron Paul and their zealous, if not, belligerent display of licentiousness. For example, as former Vice President Dick Cheney was speaking at the recent CPAC, this crew raucously yelled at him throughout his speech calling him a "war criminal."
There is no doubt the lure of objectivism is attractive to many, especially to younger masses as they are still discovering their political and moral compass in life. The rejection of the welfare state, the virtues of the free market, and the celebration of individual self-assertion are popular themes of the libertarian right and are shared by "fusionist" movement conservatives. So why are these conservatives upset by this small minority? While claiming they are conservative – they are not, and because they are not only disagreeable, but also hostile to the other two legitimate strands of the conservative movement – Traditionalists and Anti-Communists
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