There’s an interesting debate going on over at Cato-Unbound.org regarding ‘fusionism.’ Or rather – both the tactical alliance of Libertarians and Conservatives and the suggestion that It makes for a good read and I am definitely on the ‘Death of Fusionism‘ side of this debate. My own reasons are thusly -
First and foremost – uniting with Conservatives has not furthered the aims of Libertarians whatsoever. Conservatives do nothing to reduce the size of the State when they are in office and continue with the cronyism and uphold the symbiotic relationships between government and special interests. Libertarians in America have been junior partners in an awkward alliance, that includes Christian socialists like Rick Santorum, and we have got nothing back in return.
Secondly – Libertarianism is a decedent of the Liberal tradition, not the Conservative tradition. Now is the time to assert our own identity more than ever. There has never been a better time to be a Libertarian so why should we rely on traditional institutions when our own are rising to prominence? We can and should rely on our own checks and balances and our self-limiting structures?
Conservatives have Churches – Socialists have Unions – Libertarians have the Internet. Our age is now. If we ever needed Conservatives before – we don’t need them anymore…