Libertarianism in a Multicultural World


Some people think that Libertarianism is like Communism − just another political pipe dream that has no prospect of working in the real world.  The two are very different, however.  Libertarianism, when compared to Communism, is more naturally aligned with western man’s behaviour and ideals of freedom and cooperation.

For example, the Libertarian believes that:

  • Government’s sole reason to exist is to help men assert their private property rights;
  • Every other institution should be created through private contract and free association, including banking and money.
  • Men are justified in defending aggression against themselves and their property.

Plus, Libertarians want small government and low taxes.  It sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?

The problem is that the spectrum of civilization across which Libertarianism could work is very narrow.  Libertarianism could succeed in a society only when:

  • People share a common morality, reject corruption, and do the “right thing” even if it is to their detriment;
  • People behave in predictable and civilized ways towards one another;
  • Business owners and managers are repulsed by the notion of taking immoral advantage of customers and employees;
  • People are inclined to take care of those in need through voluntary charity;
  • People respect contracts and private property rights;
  • People have an inherently low time preference, a strong work ethic and high IQ.
  • The government supports the common culture and morality of the people so that it acts in ways that are compatible with the society.

These are precisely the natural characteristics of Christian, Anglo-Saxon society.  One could argue, for example, that Iceland is a near-Libertarian society.  In Iceland, people handle their own affairs and don’t depend upon big, intrusive government to get things done.  They have one of the highest rates of gun ownership in the world and, yet, one of the lowest murder rates.  Icelanders are respectful of one another and are the model of peace and cooperation.

The bad news is that these valuable characteristics − inherent in white, Christian societies − are diminished in multicultural ones.  After all, culture defines how people behave.  Culture defines the morality of the people and how they understand right from wrong.  It defines a people’s propensity to be cooperative and honest.

When people of myriad cultures coexist in a society, conflict develops because their fundamental beliefs differ.  For example:

  • Many cultures inherently suffer from high levels of corruption and crime;
  • Many cultures do not believe in self-sufficiency or small government;
  • Many cultures do not treat women and children like Christians do;
  • Many cultures produce people who are not inclined to charity and suffer from a high time preference.

In multicultural societies, big businesses are often run by individuals who care more about filling their own pockets than doing what is right.  Banks and corrupt pharmaceutical companies have no qualms about depleting the resources and health of the nation.  Violent multicultural gangs often rule the inner cities − and they do not care about respecting private property rights or contractual obigations.

Let’s face it: Multicultural societies are the dysfunctional ones

In western, multicultural societies, privately owned media and academia disparage Christian values, traditions and beliefs in favour of foreign ones.  They ridicule us and threaten our livelihoods if we mount a defence.  And, they do all this without with any coercion from the government.

Furthermore, in multicultural societies, government tends to become intrusive and totalitarian because of the inevitable conflict that arises amongst the disparate citizenry.  One need look no further than the U.S.A. or Canada for such effects.  Restrictions on speech, behaviour, and even the thoughts in our heads, are the inevitable result of government attempting to keep a lid on things while they advance incompatible agendas.

Libertarianism could be made to work − but in today’s increasingly conflicted, multicultural world where fewer and fewer people agree about anything and act against each other, it will likely remain a pipe dream.