Libertarianism - Invisible Totems of the Modern World

The market is exalted as the true agent of extrapolated desire, far superior to the false, oedipality of the choice offered by democracy. Here, the theological distinction of democracy is revealed as something belonging to a world of yesteryear, an old testament to the new revelation of the free market; the true agent of change, participation, reciprococity, the true vehicle through which desires are made manifest and maximized beyond their measure through greater innovation. As Christ came not to condemn the law but to fulfill it, to raise its standard to match the inner workings of the heart and mind, so the free market comes to liberate the psychological tensions of democracy and cancel its patriarchal dualism. Theology is bisected between the very distinctions represented by the free market and socialism. The free market speaks as much of what a true Christian would never do to another as much as socialism speaks of what every true Christian should do. The State is disparaged as an entity but not on its own terms. The features and protections of the state cannot be unnamed, unmade or unmanned. They remain in a different and all new demonic form. Where the agency of constituted law evaporates in the wake of contractual business accountability, one's propensity for freedom is in proportion to how much they are willing to spend to keep others out of their business. Always guaranteeing that the absence of a state would necessarily disinhibit the sovereignty of individuals, there yet sits before us a yawning abyss, on the other side of which stands the men who are entitled, not simply by law but by the possession through law, to property and distributable provisions. Libertarianism, anti-coercive in nature though it is, has yet to acquire its proper revolutionary thinkers to accelerate itself to its final conclusions the way Marxism was quickly able to carry out with honesty and haste. When libertarians seldom speak of ‘revolution,' they imagine something closer to a movement of independence in which the crowd in consensus stands before an avatar of the state and shouts it down like the walls of Jericho, or the gentle and gradual secession of a consensus which has come to engulf the state and those who represent it.

How little they recognize just how close this state is to enforcers of contracts they seek in some far off day! They will not have their free zone at the expense of the military or the police or the men and women in Washington, but at the expense of property owners who, by right of possession, would naturally be unwilling to yield lands small and great for the redistribution that a libertarian free market would require. To reach a state of non-coercive civilization would mean a final, prehensile act of leveling, a final revolution, a final war, and as we know, every war deems itself the last war. But no war is ever final. The market has always been free, all-consuming and able to appropriate higher levels of protection and assimilated complexity once it reached the stage by which it could feed the state, which seeks only its own power. They are co-parasitic in their destinies, the market and the state. The libertarian dreams of a general market that moves beyond its general fixity. Libertarians are not much different from socialists; they just won't admit to the necessity of seizing the means of production in order to level the free market in their favor. Libertarian desire is exorcized completely of that which keeps it distant. It sees its corporate utopia as something close at hand, perhaps requiring only the self-eliminating act of a candidate elect who would take on the task of going under with the state. The revolution is turned inward, precisely toward the people who most want liberation, risking fallout and retaliation reminiscent of Christ's crucifixion, though the hope is that Calvary will, in a last minute reversal, switch the cross for an image of the tauroctony, with the state slain by a victor having mastered nature and having resisted those unclean animals who come to take part in the eating of the kill they themselves did not carry out. Libertarianism, if it does not realize this violence underlying its most adamant pretenses to non-coercion, is simply a series of protracted freedoms coupled with a serfdom of the soul.