OzConservative has an excellent post documenting one of the ways libertarianism is the reverse side of the same liberal coin:
The Cato Institute is a leading libertarian organisation in the U.S. The Institute recently published a significant article about race. It’s fascinating to read because it shows the logic of how left-liberalism developed out of classical/right-liberalism.
But I need to quickly set the scene for this. All forms of liberalism begin with the idea that what matters is a freedom of the individual to be autonomous: to have the liberty to choose to be or to do whatever, as long as it does not limit a similar liberty for others to choose to be or to do whatever.
But this raises the question of how a society of atomised, autonomous individuals each seeking their own subjective good can be successfully regulated. Although there is no single answer given by liberals, the dominant form of liberalism in the mid-1800s, classical liberalism, emphasised the idea that the market could best regulate society.
Millions of individuals could participate in the free market, each seeking their own profit, but the hidden hand of the market would ensure that the larger outcome was a positive one for society.
So what went wrong? The classical liberals would say that as long as everyone had an equal opportunity to participate in the market, then everyone had an equal human dignity as an autonomous individual…
It’s leading up to the left-liberal idea that there are institutional, systemic barriers to equal participation. That disparities in outcomes are to be explained in terms of institutional oppression, racism and systemic discrimination.
Oz nails it when he writes:
The mainstream left and right are not so different from each other. They both exist within the same philosophical framework, sharing the same assumptions about what human life is for. Mainstream leftism is an attempt to perfect the liberalism that came before it, to realize it in a more equitable and consistent way.
The challenge for those who dislike what the modern West has become is to step outside of the liberal framework entirely – to be neither of the left nor of the classical liberal/libertarian right.
The tenets of libertarianism might be viable in an ethnically homogenous nation, but do not work in today’s multicultural free-for-alls.