As a follow-up to my post on the left-libertarian non-libertarian critique of Jordan Peterson and his interpretation of postmodernism, I was sent an email by a somewhat regular commenter at this site with a couple of PDF attachments. These captured a Facebook dialogue on this topic. Before I get to a couple of specific comments from the dialogue….
What an inane dialogue. It has nothing to do with libertarianism (so why the original critique?); there is an attempt to connect it to Austrian economics. I paraphrase, “well, Mises and Hayek cited a couple of these post-modernist thinkers, so they really were good guys; the idiot libertarians who cite Peterson favorably might want to keep this in mind.”
So, why the “0.000001%” in the title of this post? It is an argument that virtually no one cares about, that will not move the needle one iota toward a libertarian society, that will convince readers that libertarians such as these are dolts. In other words, it is an argument that will be meaningful to exactly 0.000001% of the population.
Second, once again nary a word about libertarianism; the argument is being made about the connection to Austrian economics.
Third, it is a stupid argument. Go back a century or more and you will find influential anarchist thinkers that both communists and libertarians cite favorably. Does this mean that somehow communism and libertarianism are philosophically connected (well, my dad thought so, but that is another story), that we must respect every theory that has some roots in common with this philosophical tradition?
Yes, they are connected: philosophically both reject power and authority. The communist rejects all power and authority (in theory); the libertarian rejects…