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April 24, 2012

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Harvey Morrell

You might be amused to read this libertarian critique of Hoppe: http://tomgpalmer.com/2005/07/01/hans-hermann-hoppe-and-the-german-extremist-nationalist-right/

James

If the book is in English, I might check it out. Thanks for the tip!

James

No, not yet in English. But I hope it will be soon. And you crow that the book flopped, but its ranking (out of millions) isn't too bad for a work of philosophy.

David

Don't bother waiting for the English version. It's the same rubbish he published in "Democracy: The God That Failed". That book will give you a good introduction to Hoppe's anarcho-fascist philosophy.

James

"anarcho-fascist"

Isn't that a contradiction in terms?

koogleschreiber

Modern fascists abuse every label as a masque, they are freedom fighters, dissidents, members of the resistance, national internationalists, protectors of the environment etc... They don't care about contradictions.

David

Hoppe envisions a stateless confederation of small property units controlled by the (white European) "natural elite". That meets my definition of fascism.

Oscar

Hoppe is not 'anarcho-fascist'. He is the opposite of fascist. He is against the state and against agressive violence.

Oscar

David, not a white elite. Hoppe is not a racialist. That 'fascist' is just name calling and has nothing to do with the ideology of Hoppe: universal non-agression, a private law society.

David

Against violence? Then how does he propose to "physically remove" gays, lesbians, and all the groups he hates from his "libertarian order"?

"There can be no tolerance toward those habitually promoting lifestyles incompatible with this goal. They-the advocates of alternative, non-family-centered lifestyles such as, for instance, individual hedonism, parasitism, nature-environment worship, homosexuality, or communism-will have to be physically removed from society, too, if one is to maintain a libertarian order." - Hans-Hermann Hoppe

Tik-Tak

Hans Hoppe explains his "controversial" text:

In my book Democracy, The God That Failed I not only defend the right to discrimination as implied in the right to private property, but I also emphasize the necessity of discrimination in maintaining a free society and explain its importance as a civilizing factor. In particular, the book also contains a few sentences about the importance, under clearly stated circumstances, of discriminating against communists, democrats, and habitual advocates of alternative, non-family centered lifestyles, including homosexuals.

For instance, on p. 218, I wrote "in a covenant concluded among proprietors and community tenants for the purpose of protecting their private property, …no one is permitted to advocate ideas contrary to the very purpose of the covenant ... such as democracy and communism." "Likewise, in a covenant founded for the purpose of protecting family and kin, there can be no tolerance toward those habitually promoting lifestyles incompatible with this goal. … (violators) will have to be physically removed from society."

In its proper context these statements are hardly more offensive than saying that the Catholic Church should excommunicate those violating its fundamental precepts or that a nudist colony should expel those insisting on wearing bathing suits. However, if you take the statements out of context and omit the condition: in a covenant… then they appear to advocate a rights violation.
http://mises.org/daily/1792

David

The analogy to the Catholic Church is nonsense. What are the consequences of excommunication? One is refused the sacraments by (self-loathing homosexual) priests.

Hoppe, on the other hand, threatens violence ("physical removal") against those he deems unworthy of his new libertarian order (gays, democrats, non-Europeans, etc.)

Square Triangle

I love the academic precision of this blog. Expressions like "anarcho-fascist" amuses me! How can one be, at the same time, an adept of an ideology that one part is "nothing against the state, everything by the state, everything in the state" and the other part preaches the same abolition of that state!? It's like a solid-gas or a square-triangle!

David

I was referring to the racialist component of fascism. Only people of white European ethnic background are worthy of living in Hoppe's libertarian utopia. That's why he's a hero of the American (neo-fascist) alt-right movement

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