Thursday, November 29, 2012

Is the man the world's most perfect rightwing libertarian?

As the Rotherham by-election approaches Ukip is riding the crest of a wave, one that will admittedly hit the beaches of the British electoral system before too long.

From Eric Dondero:

Social commentator Ed West highlights UKIP"s Nigel Farage in the London Telegraph, with "Ukip are libertarian. They're also conservative, pro-free trade, and anti-mass immigration – and they're coherent." West outlines the compatibility of opposition to mass immigration and multiculturalism, with traditional libertarianism.

Couple excerpts:
Multiculturalism is not the same as multiracialism, but rather a response to it, and its effect has been to retard integration, which is why it's not just unpopular with nativists (who want immigrants to behave British, if they have to be here at all) but with classical liberals. Being anti-multiculturalism is entirely libertarian, because it is a perfect example of heavy-handed state policy making a bigger mess of a problem.
It’s perfectly consistent to be against mass immigration and to be classically liberal which, notwithstanding daft suggestions about banning the burqa (which Nigel Farage wants to abandon), Ukip generally are. Of course, like all Right-wing parties, they are trying to appeal to both libertarians and social conservatives, but that’s the nature of political alignment, and they aren’t necessarily contradictory aims. Libertarian used to (in my mind) refer to people like Charles Murray, who preferred social pressure and shame to unnecessary laws, and who thought that Great Society-style welfare schemes damaged families. Today it is increasingly used by socially liberal people who want all of the permissiveness of the post-60s world but without having to pay for the state to look after the inevitable casualties.
Editor's comment - In case anyone had any doubts, this website most assuredly represents Nigel Farage-ism here in the United States. Here's hoping for a Nigel Farage resurgence in the UK, a Daniele Smith Wildrose rebellion in Canada, and the emergence of a genuine rightwing-libertarian movement of anti-nanny statism, anti-political correctness, anti-mass immigration, pro-free markets and preservation of Western values, here in the U.S.

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