It all comes down to this. It’s a battle for the soul of libertarianism itself, for the very definition of the word. You’ve seen it on blogs and social media, and YouTube. You’ve heard it on podcasts, and radio. Now, for the first time ever, live on stage, the Humanitarians vs. Brutalists debate comes to a boil as Christopher Cantwell and Jeffrey Tucker meet in New York City for LibertyFest NYC 5 on Saturday, October 11, 2014.
Oh, you have no idea what I’m talking about? Allow me to reiterate.
Libertarianism, as defined by Cantwell, Woods, Rockwell, Rothbard, and others, really boils down to non-aggression. That initiatory force and fraud are forbidden, and may be responded to with defensive force, while all else is permissible, and may not have force levied against it. Within this framework, there are a boundless number of possibilities. Peace, free trade, love in all its forms, and all the other wondrous things we all love about liberty. There are also a lot of possibilities that many of us may be uncomfortable with, like racism, homophobia, sexism, drug addiction, religious cults, and other non-violent things we ourselves may not choose to participate in.
Tucker famously dubbed this “brutalism” referencing an architectural style of the 1950s through the 1970s, one that emphasized large concrete structures unrefined by concerns over style and grace. This was in contrast to what he termed “humanitarianism” which was more concerned with political correctness and a variety of issues commonly associated with the left.
Cantwell responded brutally in an article titled “Jeffrey Tucker’s Case Against Libertarianism“, and the debate raged on across multiple mediums, it is still ongoing today.
It’s an interesting discussion, and I won’t go into the merits of either side in this article, as to keep this particular piece semi neutral for promotional purposes. But I would go so far as to say that Jeff and I are both talented and entertaining personalities, so whichever side of the debate you fall on, or if you have no side at all, this will be an event you don’t want to miss.
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