The term Conservatarian was ultimately birthed from the infamous “Ron Paul Revolutions” in 2008, and 2012. Ultimately, many Republicans found their values and beliefs wedged between the mainline arguments from the Republican party and the Libertarian party. It was during these Republican primary election cycles that these individuals were able to define where their value systems belonged, and it was with neither Republicans, or Libertarians.
Ron Paul’s campaign focused on three main objectives: reign in the Federal Reserve with a focus on sound money principles based in Austrian economical theory, end the wars that have drained the United States’ capital and resources, and return the function of government to the constitutional format it was founded upon. For Conservatarians, there was just too much baggage tied to the purely libertarian and republican perspectives to be able to fully commit to either party format, namely:
The Libertarian Party Flaw
- Language, culture, and borders do not matter to libertarians. Libertarian ideologues argue that border controls often do not work and are unnecessary. “We should be open to free trade, as trade controls are simply taxes on native consumers” and other statements like these define the libertarian perspective. There is truth in this, however, the conservatarian will rebuke these sentiments by posing the question: “How can I engage with another country fully, who does not share the same values concerning human rights as I do?” At a certain point, conservatarians argue, there must be controls on human migration and trade to insure values and norms at home are maintained. Where libertarians argue for free trade, conservatarians will argue for fair trade which is the key difference. More importantly, conservatarians argue that we must have borders to insure the viability of our Constitutional Democratic Republic. We cannot absorb the masses from third world populations who do not care about the Bill of Rights or any of the other amendments.
- Libertarians argue that all drugs should be legalized, whereas conservatarians argue that drugs should be decriminalized. There is a key difference here: socially accepted drugs like alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco, which pose a significantly less harm to society should be legalized. Both groups agree on that here. In other cases, with hard drugs like crack-cocaine and heroine or opiates, which truly destroy lives for even those with a non-addictive personality, conservatarians argue users should not be punished but offered treatment, and dealers should be arrested. Libertarians contend that all criminalization is a lost cause. There is a constitutional caveat here: conservatarians argue that only states should be allowed to ban certain substances or regulate them, as it is not a power specifically delegated to the federal government.
- Libertarians often argue that there is no reason for us to police the world, in any case whatsoever. There is one area where Conservatarians often agree with Libertarians on, and that subject is foreign policy. Libertarians argue that all transactions must be done on a voluntary basis, and that there should be no mention of engaging in war unless the native people are attacked. Largely, conservatarians agree with this statement. Sometimes, however, it is necessary for countries to engage in the world in order to maintain valuable relationships abroad. If an ally is being attacked, there must be discussions, negotiations, and if necessary–action with brute force. Conservatarians argue that America’s current predicament concerning foreign policy is that the executive branch has been able to enact war without the say of Congress. If Congress follows its constitutional mandate, every act of war will be debated and considered before making decisions with haste.
The Republican Party Flaws
- The number one problem with the Republican Party is the Republican party. It is not an exaggeration to state that if the Republican Party actually acted upon its touted conservative values, the term “conservatarian” would likely not exist. Whether it be gun rights, abortion, foreign policy, or economic policy, Republicans constantly uphold leadership that goes against their stated values and their constituency’s wishes. This was none more obvious when John McCain voted “no” on repealing the illegal individual mandate from “Obamacare,” or the “Affordable Care Act.” Believe it or not, the first President to have the national debt double under his tenure was none other than President Ronald Reagan. Only Bush could top those levels, by surmounting over $9 Trillion in debt, more than any other President combined (Obama was able to surpass his predecessor as well.) The Republican party RINOs also continue to wage an unconstitutional drug war, acting as if passing the 18th amendment to ban alcohol never happened. Ultimately, the Republican party platform is defined by hypocrisy.
- RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) and Neoconservatives in the Republican Party have continued their stranglehold on foreign policy. Without the neocons like the Bush family cartel, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Henry Kissinger, Colin Powell, or Condoleeza Rice, it is likely that 9/11 would have never happened the $3 trillion wars would have never occurred. The Project for a New American Century’s stated goals to invade multiple countries over the matter of 2 decades have largely been successful, except for North Korea and Iran. Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, and almost Syria have all been conquered with a change of government. Yemen has willingly served as vassal state for Saudi Arabia and the United States, choosing that route instead of a violent take-over. For conservatarians, the Republican party must acknowledge its sinful ways and take corrective action. So far, Trump has kept the neocons at bay, ending its involvement in Syria, lowering troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan, and avoiding war with North Korea (so far.) Conservatarians and libertarians alike believe in a constitutionally restricted foreign policy.
The Conservatarian Platform
- Return the United States to a Constitutionally protected form of government. It is simple: we ask that Congress, the Executive Branch, and the Judiciary, all follow the rules. We uphold the common-sense belief that the Constitution was to be interpreted as written, not to be misconstrued by modern interpretations.
- Return the power of the purse to Congress by revoking the illegally passed 16th amendment which resulted in the creation of the private Federal Reserve banking system and the personal (not corporate as intended) income tax.
- End all unconstitutional wars and incursions (including the actions by the CIA, and the FBI.) The CIA has waged unconstitutional wars and regime changes. This needs to stop, and if this means disbanding the CIA and “scattering the organization into a thousand pieces,” than so be it.
- End all domestic spying on U.S. citizens. The 4th amendment was passed for a reason.
- End the unconstitutional drug war. Leave the power to regulate certain substances to the states, as it was intended. This power was never delegated in the Constitution and represents a perverse interpretation of the regularly used “commerce clause.”
- Maintain the Republic by protecting the border from violent and non-violent invasions. Mass migration fed by the welfare state needs to stop. The Constitution provides this power within the Executive Branch.
- End the Welfare State. Show me where it says in the U.S. Constitution that illegal migrants can receive in-state tuition at federally funded and state funded colleges and K-12 schools? Programs like this and others like it are defrauding the American public, devaluing the purchasing power of the dollar, and destabilizing public institutions, such as our education system.
The debate is ongoing, and we will always look forward to updating and amending this list and the article’s analysis. We appreciate your feedback! Be sure to comment or email us directly to tell us what you think it means to be a Conservatarian.