Since Mitt Romney was defeated in the presidential election, I’ve noticed that CNBC propagandist Larry Kudlow has been courting libertarians. He has more of them on his show, raises libertarian arguments, etc. I was thinking that this was an effort by the Republicans to find a new ally after their November shellacking. And now I am sure of it because a new book has been published titled: The Soul of Atlas: Ayn Rand, Christianity, a Quest for Common Ground by David Henderson.
I’m not going to read the book because its premise is absurd on its face. Ayn Rand was a rabid atheist, and went out of her way to bash religion in every book she wrote (if I remember correctly). Rand cult members (Objectivists) and libertarians bash “mysticism” – god and religion – as a pastime. Anybody who thinks he can unite Objectivists and the evangelical Christians of the Republican Party is living in a dream world.
But apparently, the Republicans are just that desperate.
Of course, there are two kinds of libertarians. What I call the “corporate Libertarians” will have no problem uniting with the Republicans. After all, its just a matter of Charles Koch giving the necessary orders. Corporate Libertarians are the foot soldiers of oligarchy, and that’s pretty much what the Republicans are devolving into.
But what about the rock-ribbed, fundamentalist, Murray Rothbard Libertarians? While these people will always sneer at evangelicals, it might not be impossible to convince them to vote Republican. Fundamentalist Libertarians want to eliminate all regulation of business, erase the USA’s borders, etc. Many of their objectives dovetail perfectly with expanding corporate power. The Republicans want to eliminate the Rule of Law and replace it with the Law of the Jungle because their corporate puppet-masters know that they could acquire absolute power in a jungle setting. Fundamentalist Libertarians want to establish the Law of the Jungle because they fancy themselves to be the “rugged individualists” who will win the Darwinian struggle.
Right now, Fundamentalist Libertarians are the useful idiots of the oligarchy because their policies will hasten the coming of fascist corporate rule and the re-establishment of slavery. For example, Libertarians never make a peep about the brutal working conditions in corporate sweatshops. Their belief is that if an over-supply of workers results in them being treated inhumanely, then so be it; the market has spoken. So, it is not impossible that they could graduate from useful-idiot status to willing-stooge status if asked nicely.
Oddly enough, evangelicals are also globalists. It was the evangelical Walmart that clinched the NAFTA deal with its Mexico City store serving as a prop in Al Gore’s propaganda campaign to get NAFTA passed.
So, there is quite a lot of common ground between Libertarians and Republicans. However the Party would be foolish to engage these hard-core atheists with a religious message. They would have more luck portraying their evangelical ranks as part of the “big tent” or the crazy aunt they hide in the attic, because there is nothing a Libertarian enjoys more than pouring derision on believers. It’s just what they do.
Back in the day, Bill Buckley kicked Ayn Rand out of the Conservative Movement. I suppose it was a good strategy for him because evangelicals out-numbered atheists by a wide margin, and Buckley’s movement was indeed a political success. Today, the Republicans are risking alienating their evangelical base by courting godless atheists. That’s a pretty crazy political gambit. Who will they try to recruit next? Communists?