Some of you may have seen the video above which @chrstinadarling put me on to. Generally I quite like Julie Borowski’s videos, as they’re pretty good at condensing Libertarian ideas into simple, understandable chunks.
However her views on why their are so few active female Libertarians are way off the mark. Julie makes two basic points. One that women are manipulated by the media into supporting the State. And two that Libertarianism isn’t main stream enough to attract women.
I would contend both points. The first smacks of that false conciousness bull that the left love to spout. Basically people are too ignorant to understand Marxism, Libertarianism or any other ism. And or they are too stupid to understand when they are being manipulated. I don’t think people are stupid or easily manipulated. First because the media doesn’t speak with a single ideological voice. In fact it is a very muddled voice that makes very little sense. And secondly I believe most people act on their preferences and incentives and that the problem is simply that many of these incentives don’t align with Libertarian ideals. This may change when, as most Libertarians believe, our financial system realigns with reality — but it may not.
The second idea that Libertarianism needs to become more mainstream is patent nonsense. Our society, if you could describe it, is neither capitalist nor socialist, it is, I believe, a corporatist fudge. And this hasn’t occurred because people have some deep understanding of Marxism, Leninism or more importantly the views of Hitler and Mussolini. It’s because people generally seem to feel that the State is an important part of a well functioning society, rather than a threat to freedom and prosperity as Libertarians believe. In reality Libertarian philosophy is never going to become more mainstream, just as Marxism is never going to become more mainstream. The general idea that freedom from the state is a good thing may become more widely accepted — as it was in the past — but certainly not Libertarian philosophy.
In all honesty I have no idea why there aren’t more women involved in the Libertarian movement. Because If I did Libertarian Home events would become far more ‘inclusive’ over night… But I’m quite sure this issue has nothing to do with ignorance or the popularity of Hayek and Misses.