Fusionism is not a trap, it’s the light at the end of a long dark tunnel.
Many people, particularly those that follow Thoughts on Liberty, think that I (and the paleo- and conservatarians that agree with me) want all libertarians to fuse and work with the Republican Party, even at the price of transgressing their personal beliefs.
Hear me now people, this is not the case.
It is true that I don’t think libertarians can ever find a home among the left. Perhaps on certain social issues, liberal policies seem to support tolerance and equality, but the solutions always involve government intervention. A relationship with the left could never be more than an agreement that a problem exists, always vacant of a shared recourse.
Conversely, “Don’t tread on me” says it all, doesn’t it? The mantra of the Tea Party Movement, a sect of conservatism, is a concept you will have trouble finding disagreement amongst libertarians. Good luck finding a singular idea on the left that is championed by the vast majority of libertarians.
So yes, I am a conservative leaning libertarian. But I am also a huge advocate for gay marriage and open borders; or more specifically, the law treating us all equally. The GOP’s stance on these issues is a major reason why I am not a card carrying Republican. But this divergence in ideology does not stop me from working with them on issues of consonance. This will not keep me from taking back our party.
Editor in Chief, Gina Luttrell, disagrees that this is the best way to a freer state. In her latest post, she argues that fusionism is a trap and that the systemic motivation of elected officials will always be to further government. She claims:
“Fusionism is not a win for liberty. It’s a win for Republicans and conservatives. The more we play their game, the farther and farther away we get from true liberty.”
Libertarian philosophy is predicated and dependent on the notion of smallest government. Historically, that is what the Republican Party stands for—even if this seems less and less so with every new administration. The bad eggs—statist and traditional value conservatives—give a negative stigma to the GOP and conservative movement, making everyone within it look like insensitive and hypocritical assholes. It’s no good, and I know it keeps the cosmotarians and liberaltarians outraged, and entirely averse to associating with them (I mean us).
The good news is, the old GOP is slowly dying—and I do respectfully mean that literally. Elderly white people, who make up a huge percentage of the Republican Party’s voting base as well as a large chunk of people running it, will soon be passing the torch to the next generation. If libertarians successfully fuse in and take over, then born to us may be a tolerant and accepting party that does forward true liberty.
And a party that recognizes freedom of choice and association in every respect does benefit everyone. That does sound too good to be true, but it’s neither a trap nor a game. If you really hate the Republican Party, then pick up your Gadsden flag and join me in restructuring and restoring it.