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. My main focus is intellectual history, which is the study of intellectuals, ideas, and intellectual patterns over time.

I also write about the economy, geopolitics, technology and trends, and mental models. Mental models are success tools aimed to make you happier or more productive.

Before I mention my politics, let me say this: SPEAK THE TRUTH. Do not blindly follow ideological simplifications of reality. This is my primary goal: to speak the truth from my perspective; to articulate my experience in an honest way. I’m just a person trying to communicate with you, another person.

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 really is the only politics you need. In a 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 distill 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 implication of 100% self-ownership. Ethics must be universally applied to everybody, including those working in the government. I subscribe to argumentation theory, which requires ethics to be logical and non-contradictory.  You cannot persuade the whole world to accept a non-universal ethic like “I can hit you but you can’t hit me.” No rational argument could possibly get everybody to believe this because there’s no objective way to make the argument.

Thus, all forms of aggression against the individual are morally indefensible, and this includes taxation. The government becomes unnecessary and immoral when it goes beyond protecting individual rights.

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 real reason why I don’t rob banks, hurt children, or cheat people in business is that I think it is wrong. So spending thousands of years building a civilization rich in ethical principles is far more important than 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 and engagement with people and ideas. 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.

Culture Critique: 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.

Mental Models: Success tools to make you happier and more productive.

Philosophy: Discussion of philosophical ideas, such as the nature of reality, truth, and ethical foundations.

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

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

 

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