Libertarian Party Mises Caucus Likens Libertarian Party to “Controlled Opposition”

Yesterday, after supporters of President Donald Trump breached the Capitol building in protest of the Electoral College certification in progress, the Twitter account of the Libertarian Party tweeted the following:

In response, the Mises Caucus of the Libertarian Party tweeted the following:

9 thoughts on “Libertarian Party Mises Caucus Likens Libertarian Party to “Controlled Opposition”

  1. Jared

    How’s that anarcho-reactionary Hoppean accelerationist takeover of the LNC coming along, boys?

  2. Kevin S Bjornson

    Bravo! Ironically, the former worst elements of the LP, are now among the best elements. Not so much because they have improved (they have), but because the other crazies in the LP have gotten much worse.

  3. Gene Berkman

    The violence was not directed at the Empire’s seat of power – the White House. The Storm Trumpers were trying to intimidate Congress, on behalf of the Imperial Presidency.

    Certainly America has a history of controlled opposition. The Republicans in New York City often depended on crumbs of patronage from the Democrats in order to maintain their organization. But the charge against the Libertarian Party comes from people looking for something to gripe about. The Libertarian Party has clearly condemned violence against private property.

    The Mises Caucus is not controlled opposition. The Mises Caucus does not appear to oppose anything except The Libertarian Party. Have they condemned Donald Trump’s rule by executive order? Have they condemned the Storm Trumpers who want a powerful President to take power away from the constitutional branches of the U.S. government? Blank out!

    I met Ludwig von Mises in 1969, after helping to organize a conference at which he spoke. I sell books by Ludwig von Mises and other Austrian Economists. I don’t have any reason to believe that the organizers of the Mises Caucus have read or understood anything by Dr von Mises. And they certainly have done nothing to build a movement in opposition to war and statism.

  4. Jared

    “I don’t have any reason to believe that the organizers of the Mises Caucus have read or understood anything by Dr von Mises.”

    When they say “Mises” they mean Rothbard… and not just any Rothbard, but Rothbard in his late paleo phase after his disillusionment with the New Left when he began to pursue a coalition of Neo-Austrian ancaps, traditionalist paleocons, theonomic reconstructionists, and right-wing populists.

  5. dL

    I don’t have any reason to believe that the organizers of the Mises Caucus have read or understood anything by Dr von Mises.

    Mises is not an easy read. What kills me is that people don’t even bother reading, say, Bastiat, which is an easy read. People generally don’t bother with the source material. They just consume commentaries on the source material, if even that. Now they are just as likely to only bother with photoshop memes.

  6. dL

    The Mises Caucus is not controlled opposition.

    The mises caucus is an grift operation to turn the LP into a MAGA cult.

  7. Gene Berkman

    dL, actually I have come to the conclusion that The Mises Caucus is a false flag operation.

    I helped organize the Von Mises Conference put on at Cal State Long Beach in 1970 by The California Libertarian Alliance. I met Ludwig von Mises after the conference. I offer books by Mises for sale in my book shop and online. I understand his views in many subjects, and I wrote an essay about Mises.

    The ideas of the Mises Caucus don’t actually come from Lu. The ideas of the Mises Caucus belong in the Loo.

  8. Jared

    I don’t have a problem with Austrian school right-libertarians and Rothbardian anarcho-capitalists, who certainly occupy a large and important section of the U.S. libertarian landscape, working to bring likeminded “movement libertarians” into the party fold. They want to grow the LP? More power to them. They want more representation and influence within the LP? I can’t fault them for that. I’m sure all party factions and caucuses feel the same way. Hopefully it will prompt other groups to ramp up their recruitment efforts and out-compete them. Are they alt-rightists? Not from what I’ve seen. They go too far out of their way to court far-right brutalists in my opinion, but I don’t believe the Mises Caucus leadership privately holds neofascist or racial supremacist views. I do find it disingenuous that a group of conservatarian anarchists has appropriated–one could say hijacked–the name of a liberal minarchist for their own purposes, but that’s neither here nor there.

    What I do find objectionable is their rhetoric about seizing control of the LP. Maybe Dave Smith is correct that some pushback comes from resentful institutionalists who regard the party as their club and fear a larger pond with potentially bigger and more capable fish. Maybe some hardline progressive Ls would rather see stagnation than encourage more right-leaning, PC-resistant libertarians to participate. But, as I see it, the bulk of resistance is due to the contempt this caucus has shown for the national LP, both before and after its formation, alongside legitimate concerns about an attempt to purge activists who don’t share the same theories and agenda or venerate the same gurus, in other words non-Rothbardians, moderates and left-libertarians, conservative-minded Ls who upset their plans and incur the wrath of the paleo-ancap podcast circuit (see Hornberger v. Amash), and so on. I doubt anyone would be asked politely or impolitely to leave the LP, but I do think the Mises Caucus would seek to create an environment hostile to “leftists” of all descriptions and use their numbers to keep non-caucus members out of influential positions.

  9. dL

    dL, actually I have come to the conclusion that The Mises Caucus is a false flag operation.

    The Mises Caucus was formed in the aftermath of the twitter spat between Nick Sarwark and Tom Woods over Charlottesville, with Sarwark drawing a clear line between Deist’s “Blood and Soil” speech and “Jews will not replace us.” Woods et al were not pleased the LNC chair was calling them out and strategized the LP needed new leadership to instead blame “Jews will not replace us” on antifa and twitter bio pronouns.

    I helped organize the Von Mises Conference put on at Cal State Long Beach in 1970

    The Mises Caucus is all Hans Hoppe bullshit. Hoppe is old wine(race realism) in new wine skins(Jürgen Habermas critical interpretation of Mises). The Mises caucus ubiquitous cry of “cultural marxism” is a case of “thou does protest too much,” because that essentially is what they are under the intellectual influence of Hoppe, a Habermas protege. It’s just the right wing variety.

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