The Libertarian Party Goes Alt-Right

Source: The Nation
by Jeet Heer

“In July 28, 2017, Jeff Deist, the president of the Mises Institute, named for libertarian economist Ludwig von Mises, published a blog post arguing that ‘blood and soil and God and nation still matter to people. Libertarians ignore this at the risk of irrelevance.’ The phrase ‘blood and soil’ already had an unmistakable fascist overtone — but it took on an even more gruesome connotation two weeks after the post during the infamous Charlottesville Unite the Right Rally of 2017 …. The ensuing arguments over ‘blood and soil’ lead to the creation of a Mises Caucus, which aimed to overthrow the pragmatic Gary Johnson wing of the [Libertarian Party] and adopt the incendiary culture war politics of the hard right.” [editor’s note: The Mises “Caucus” is actually a PAC, not a real caucus. And Heer doesn’t really seem to understand HOW the PAC is set up to assist Republicans versus Libertarians, though he’s correct that that’s its purpose – TLK] (06/06/22)