About My Blog

Hi! I’m Brian Gabriel. I write about politics and culture with special emphasis on the historical context of ideas and events. I also write about the economy, geopolitics, technology and trends, and sometimes even throw in some success tips, little golden nuggets that might make you a little deeper or happier or even more productive.

Brian Gabriel

Life has become far too political. My preference is to keep politics to a minimum and get on with the rest of life. “Protect liberty.” That’s really the only politics you need. In a single word, I’m against authoritarianism, whether from the Right or Left (what do I care if you are a voluntary socialist!?)

Let me disclose my political bent: You could rightly accuse me of being a “Libertarian Traditionalist.”

How about I distil my politics into two pithy ideas:

1) Keep your mitts off other people (Libertarianism, defined by Dr. Walter Block)

2) Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up (Traditional values, defined by GK Chesterton)

I’m a libertarian who believes in the ideal of freedom—along with its radical implications (hint: the government is unnecessary and immoral, certainly insofar as it goes beyond protecting individual rights). Taxation is theft, of course, because it is not a voluntary payment. If a person, business or government wants my money, they should have to earn it by offering me something more valuable than the money paid. And that person, business, or government can’t be the one who tells me what I want and how much I want to pay.

Yet I’m no left-libertarian or libertine. I’m a libertarian who cares about traditional values; what some folks call a paleolibertarian. I consider myself lucky to have been born in the heart of Western Civilization, a tradition I admire as the fortunate product of relentless curiosity, daring freedom, and that old Christian virtue, charity.

Self-government is the most important source of government. The most important reason why I don’t rob banks, hurt children, or cheat people in business is because I think it is wrong. So spending thousands of years building a civilization rich in ethical principles is far more important that just bludgeoning people on the head when they “get out of line.”

Lew Rockwell defined Paleolibertarian:

Paleolibertarianism holds with Lord Acton that liberty is the highest political end of man, and that all forms of government intervention – economic, cultural, social, international – amount to an attack on prosperity, morals, and bourgeois civilization itself, and thus must be opposed at all levels and without compromise. It is “paleo” because of its genesis in the work of Murray N. Rothbard and his predecessors, including Ludwig von Mises, Albert Jay Nock, Garet Garrett, and the entire interwar Old Right that opposed the New Deal and favored the Old Republic of property rights, freedom of association, and radical political decentralization. Just as important, paleolibertarianism predates the politicization of libertarianism that began in the 1980s, when large institutions moved to Washington and began to use the language of liberty as part of a grab bag of “policy options.” Instead of principle, the neo-libertarians give us political alliances; instead of intellectually robust ideas, they give us marketable platitudes. What’s more, paleolibertarianism distinguishes itself from left-libertarianism because it has made its peace with religion as the bedrock of liberty, property, and the natural order.

Regardless of your politics or philosophy, I hope you find this blog offers a unique and honest perspective that raises your energy level. I welcome your input and perspective on the issues raised.

Thank you for joining the conversation!

Description of Categories

Book Reviews: Reviews of books I found both enlightening and fun. These could be on any topic associated with the blog.

Critique of Contemporary Culture: Examines social trends. My focus is more on Western and American culture but I’m also fascinated by what’s happening around the globe.

Economics: Grappling to understand economics—the study of how people go about making decisions. I’m a student of Austrian Economics: the pro-market, anti-authoritarian type of economics.

Global Issues:  Geopolitical events and trends. Historical context.

Politics and Freedom: Discussion on politics. Strategies for living free in an unfree world.

Success Tips: Inspiration to make you happier and more productive.

Technology and Trends: Technology, business trends, investment ideas.

 

You can contact me via email at briangabrielusa@gmail.com or follow me on Twitter.

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