Choosing a Shorter Label: republitarian instead of neolibertarian

Introduction

I do like the idea of neolibertarianism, and I even subscribe to neolibertarian ideology, but for the longest time we have had supporters criticize us for one thing above all else: Our ideological label is too long and needs a shorter alternative.

Well, fact is we have had a shorter word for as long was we have been our own political psychographic for [2001 to now] and that label is republitarian:

  • A portmanteau of the words
    • ‘republican’, label for someone who supports a government by elected leaders who obey the rule of law; and
    • ‘libertarian’, label for someone who believes people should be both socially and economically free to do and say what they want with only enough government interference to deter violent crime & to deter property crime.
  • Radio talk host Larry Elder first coined the label ‘republitarian’ in probably 2001 or maybe in the 1990’s as early as 1996.

The Letter Counts

Neolibertarian = fourteen letters

Republitarian = thirteen letters

Not that much shorter, but the good news is if I were to, for example, start an online small-business of selling variably themed tees and one of those themes was republitarian tees, then using the term with one less letter to it would save me $900 per year off the cost of printing the label onto numberless stacks of fifty tees per stack. I don’t make much, so it would be too late for me to switch words by the time I’d be [theoretically] able to afford that fourteenth letter.

Primary Meaning

Many, including Elder who coined the term, may say that republitarian mainly refers to Americans who are registered to vote as Republicans or have at least slightly more in common with the Republicans and support policies that expand moral freedoms and economic freedoms alike. Can I consider this to be only fair to say if one capitalizes the opening “R” every time the label is thrown around? Sometimes:

  • I am not registered to vote as a Republican but I do find plenty of appeal in the GOP’s libertarian wing.
  • Most GOP libertarians fit into the republitarian and neolibertarian definition

GOP Libertarians vs LP Libertarians

If you’ve read the opening of the Wikipedia article of “libertarian Republican”, then you know that republitarians have a similar platform ideologically to the Libertarian Party platform but differ in regard to strategy. However, it is also a fact that most “libertarian Republicans” differ from most “Libertarian partisans” in a grand list of ways in foreign policy, military defense, and geopolitics.

  • While most Libertarian partisans favor a military so small and static it cannot defeat clear threats to the U.S. at their sources, most libertarian Republicans favor a large and dynamic military that is capable of confronting and defeating action-proven enemies of the American People at the homelands of the enemies.
  • Most libertarian Republicans are also in favor of Congress declaring war on ISIS and on the the State Sponsors of Jihad militias like ISIS [other state sponsors of Jihad marked in dark green and explained here], most Libertarian partisans oppose Congressional declarations of war against these sincere threats to the American People.
  • Libertarian Republicans are Pro-Israel by a huge majority, while Libertarian partisans are mostly Israel-indifferent and the larger minority are Anti-Israel
  • Concerning the issue of Drone strikes against ISIS and its State Sponsors, most libertarian Republicans favor the use of drones, most Libertarian partisans oppose the use of drones
  • With regard to the NSA spying, most libertarian Republicans think America should only spy on foreigners and most Libertarian partisans favor abolishing the NSA, but majorities of both groups oppose the Patriot Act
  • The question of whether Guantanamo Bay prison should be closed off and its prisoners put into continental U.S. prisons is answered by Libertarian partisans with a resounding “yes”, while the majority of libertarian Republicans oppose this policy idea and call for the Geneva Convention to be used to end the use of torture instead, as GOP libertarians differ from GOP conservatives by seeing torture as wasteful and ineffective.
  • Just War Theory to the point of almost pacifism is the dominant thesis of defense and military policy among Libertarian partisans, while the dominant thesis of defense and military policy among libertarian Republicans is the Theory of Self-Defense based on the principle that Golden Rule-abiding free societies are best off operating for their national self-interest.
    • This self-defense theory teaches GOP libertarians and I that free societies are morally able to retaliate against barbaric Dictatorships who callously disregard the Golden Rule. It also teaches GOP libertarians and I that if any free society ever finds itself under attack by a dictatorship, then it is morally mandatory for that free society to use everything at its disposal to severely destroy that dictatorship for waging or sponsoring war on the citizens of the free society.
    • GOP libertarians mostly {and I unanimously} adopt this view due to reading essays on Ayn Rand Institute written by its director Yaron Brook, and fueled by its ideology of Objectivism.
  • Libertarian partisans generally have no glossary of geopolitics, foreign policy, & military defense terms outside of their nearly-pacifist, Just War Theorist agenda; while most libertarian Republicans are likely to use the Ayn Rand Lexicon as a glossary of geopolitics, foreign policy & military defense terms as I use that lexicon for.

If you look at what majorities of every day Americans want in foreign policy and defense policy according to Polling Report Index, then you’ll know which faction of U.S. libertarianism has more in common with American regular society.

Conclusion

It is not only clear I need to start getting used to calling myself ‘republitarian’ and my politics ‘republitarianism’, but it’s also clear that the classical John Locke 1680’s and 1690’s libertarianism is far better reflected by Modern Whig Partisans and by Libertarian-Base Republicans than it is by the Libertarian Party.

Because the John Locke libertarianism was very strongly built on prioritizing support for a parliamentary republic domestically, and an ethically egoist foreign/defense policy based on free trade, free migration, friendship with free societies, Thomas Jefferson’s “Empire of Liberty“, and Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War“. But of course the hipster “libertarians” of the late 1970’s stole the label ‘libertarian’, so now I ought to call myself ‘republitarian’ with a small R, especially these days to distance myself galaxies away from the that blond guy whose only good trait is his acceptance of the fact that political correctness is inherently wrong but who otherwise reminds me of Mr. Garrison in Season 19 of South Park.

But anyhow, thanks for the read readers,

~LDA

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