Libertarian philosophy is not right-wing or left-wing. While many libertarians spend time attacking left-wing notions of the welfare state, high tax, over-regulation, bureaucratic control and the victim mentality… there are plenty of right-wing notions that are just as toxic.
The anti-freedom element of the right is shown clearly by the National Civic Council and their magazine, News Weekly.
Unless you’re a libertarian masochists or an economic nationalists, I suggest avoiding it. In the latest edition alone there was a call for Australia to get more tough on drugs, opposition to foreigners buying Australian assets, a rant against free trade and free markets, support for more regulation, saber-rattling against Nth Korea, a puff piece endorsing Sarah Palin, support for anti-terror laws and dismissal of civil liberties, a call for subsidies for stay-at-home mums, opposition to stem-cell research, opposition to same-sex rights, a rant against porn, opposition to abortion, an advert for a book on how evolution is wrong and then a call for a government bank. Phew!
And that wasn’t just one bad edition. There is an ongoing theme against free markets and against civil liberties.
Libertarians are sometimes bundled in with the “right-wing” because of our opposition to left-wing policies. Groups like the right-wing National Civil Council show why libertarians should reject both wings and instead build an independent political identity based on freedom.