04-12-05

Paleoconservatieven en libertariërs

Toen de Duits-Amerikaanse professor Hans-Hermann Hoppe in mei van dit jaar op uitnodiging van het Vlaams Belang kwam spreken in Antwerpen over de economische voordelen van kleine naties, nam ik de gelegenheid te baat om hem een vraag te stellen over de verhouding tussen de paleoconservatieven en de libertariërs:
 
Q: How do you see as a libertarian the growing power of the U.S. federal government under a presidency of a so-called conservative republican? Shouldn’t libertarians and paleoconservatives despite their differences combine forces against big government?
 
A: I should say a few words about paleoconservatives and libertarians. They had some sort of coalition during the 1990’s. The paleoconservatives are the old style conservatives in the U.S. The most prominent person of that group is probably Pat Buchanan. It is true that culturally conservative libertarians and paeloconservatives, who advocate decentralisation of governmental power to the largest extent possible, who advocate a non-interventionist foreign policy, did cooperate quite well for a while except for one subject. That subject was free trade. We always tried to persuade Pat Buchanan to study a little bit economics. We asked him to read Henry Hazlitt’s ‘Economics in One Lesson’, which is the book that I would recommend to everyone who as never studied anything in economics. That’s the only thing you need to know about economics in order to avoid the most severe mistakes. Unfortunately, we couldn’t bring Pat Buchanan to do this and he began to emphasize more and more heavily his protectionist economic policies. And that ultimately lead to some sort of break in the movement that we had begun to develop. Now this does not mean that we are not still joined, so to speak, in our opposition against the current Bush regime which is dominated by the so-called neoconservatives, who are mostly former social-democrats and ardent interventionists as far as foreign policy is concerned. So, yes we still cooperate quite closely, not close enough to speak of a joint movement because of the free trade question. But again let me emphasize that in particular those people who are in favor of small states should realise how important free trade is. As I explained, for small states not to engage in free trade is deadly. Large states can afford this with standards of living declining, small states can not afford anything but free trade.

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