Libertarianism: The Bastardization of a Powerful Philosophy In The Age of Fascism

Adebayo Adeniran
5 min readJul 22, 2022

The irreconcilable contradiction at the heart of modern conservatism

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As humans, our greatest desire is freedom.

Freedom on how to live, who to love, where to live, where to go and to do all that we want.

We are defined by our freedom. It shapes our life choices. And quite naturally, when our freedom is encroached upon, we react quite violently.

Philosophers, whose job it is to interpret and shape our relationship with nature, have taken notice of this most human of all desires and created a vast epistemology around this ideal through the last four centuries.

The likes of Adam Smith, David Hume, John Locke, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Jeremy Bentham, and John Stuart Mill played a huge role in generating the theoretical framework on which our societies are ordered.

It is no lie to state that the ideas of these gentlemen found the greatest expression in the constitution of the United States of America.

Locke’s explanation of the state of nature is worth sharing here:

To properly understand political power and trace its origins, we must consider the state that all people are in naturally. That is a state of perfect freedom of acting and disposing of their own possessions and persons as they think fit within the bounds of the law of nature. People in this state do not have to ask permission to act or depend on the will of others to arrange matters on their behalf. The natural state is also one of equality in which all power and jurisdiction is reciprocal and no one has more than another. It is evident that all human beings — as creatures belonging to the same species and rank and born indiscriminately with all the same natural advantages and faculties — are equal amongst themselves. They have no relationship of subordination or subjection unless God (the lord and master of them all) had clearly set one person above another and conferred on him an undoubted right to dominion and sovereignty.

We cannot overestimate the intoxicating effect that these words had on the descendants of the pilgrims, when they decided to wage war against the tyrannical Brits in the 18th century.

Adebayo Adeniran

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible