Recent events have only confirmed for me something I noticed a while ago: There are plenty of people who share my political outlook–even some who say they are fans of my writing–who nonetheless have utterly different worldviews.

I am a libertarian anarchist in the tradition of Rothbard because I take moral and legal rules seriously, and don’t think they can be tossed aside just because people think awful consequences would ensue if we don’t violate them systematically. So for example, if theft, kidnapping, and mass murder are flat-out wrong, then how can someone support institutionalized taxation, military conscription (or jury duty), and modern war?

On the other hand, there are plenty of libertarians today who are attracted to the philosophy because they don’t want anybody–whether a politician or a priest–telling them what to do.

I understand full well that many American Christians have done a lot to sully the reputation of the faith in the eyes of neutral onlookers, but at the same time the past month has made me realize how little many libertarians would care if the U.S. government seriously cracked down on religious freedom. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying they would endorse it. But I’m saying they would certainly not lose sleep over it.


This article was originally published on July 5, 2015 on Free Advice.