Hans-Hermann Hoppe

Quotes from Hoppe

One of the smarter libertarians out there, Hoppe – author of the glorious Democracy: The God that Failed and quite a lot more besides – has written a good set of articles on the current Establishment plans to ‘elect a new people’.

From his page at Lewrockwell:

Free Immigration
It’s forced integration, says Hans-Hermann Hoppe.

Open Borders?
The notion is anti-libertarian, says Hans-Hermann Hoppe.

A Realistic Libertarianism
Hans-Hermann Hoppe on libertarian leftists.

Free Immigration Is Forced Integration
Hans-Hermann Hoppe on “open borders.”

Entrepreneurs Are Moral Heroes
Unless they’re crony capitalists. Article by Hans-Hermann Hoppe.

Loved by the Good Guys, Hated by the Bad
Hans-Hermann Hoppe.

…and there’s a lot more where that came from!


The issue of the day revolves around open borders and immigrants, and I recommend the first two articles here on how freedom-loving people should approach modern immigration: that is, if and how people from one territory immigrate to another populated territory, which already has it’s own population, culture, history, etc.

Like most things, it boils down to property rights: this is mine, and not yours. Property rights are tightly linked to the right to exclude – for whatever reason the property owner desires, or for no reason at all.

Christians are to uphold property rights: “Thou shall not steal.” Modern democratic and socialist cultures say: “Thou shall not steal… except with a majority vote, or on behalf of a Protected Minority.” The modern position is evil and corrupt, and is to be denied by all Christians who actually desire to obey God’s explicit commands.

But even for Christians, it’s good to understand the view of a more explicitly anti-democratic viewpoint – as The Voice of the People is the Source of the Law in today’s society.

(Well, not really: that’s a 4/7 majority on the Supreme Court. But you know what I mean.)

As Hoppe says in Free Immigration:

The current situation in the United States and in Western Europe has nothing whatsoever to do with “free” immigration. It is forced integration, plain and simple, and forced integration is the predictable outcome of democratic — one-man-one-vote — rule. Abolishing forced integration requires a de-democratization of society, and ultimately the abolition of democracy. More specifically, the authority to admit or exclude should be stripped from the hands of the central government and re-assigned to the states, provinces, cities, towns, villages, residential districts, and ultimately to private property owners and their voluntary associations. The means to achieve this goal are decentralization and secession (both inherently un-democratic, and un-majoritarian).

Fortunately, modern technology is 1) extremely decentralizing, and 2) couldn’t care less about our political arrangements. This means that The New Order is going down.


Entrepreneurs Are Moral Heroes points out the great failing of capitalism, liberty, entrepreneurship, even a profit-oriented faithful obedience to God. A society that follows these roads is going to get rich and powerful… and when people get rich and powerful, they are sorely tempted to start worshiping themselves instead of God, and in serving themselves instead of the customer.

Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day:

Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein;

And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied;

Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the Lord thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;

Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint;

Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;

And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.

But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.

And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the Lord thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.

As the nations which the Lord destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the Lord your God.

— Deuteronomy 11:8-20

And entrepreneurs who start looking at the money and power – instead of ethics and service – invariably and always start looking to government power to build their wealth further (on the backs of the taxpayer and the national debt) and to shield their wealth from the reality of change and challenges.

OK, time for the Hoppe view, where we apply the temptation to idolatry from the point of view of a capitalist:

By expending money and other means on political parties, politicians, or other state agents, a capitalist may lobby the state to subsidize his losing enterprise, or to rescue it from insolvency or bankruptcy – and so enrich or save himself at the expense of others. Through lobbying activities and expenses, a capitalist may be granted a legal privilege or monopoly concerning the production, the sale, or the purchase of certain products or services – and so gain monopoly profits at the expense of other money-profit seeking capitalists. Or he may get the state to pass legislation that raises his competitors’ production costs relative to his own – and so grants him a competitive advantage at others’ expense.

Yet however tempting, all such lobbying activities and resulting profits are unjust. They all involve that a capitalist pays state agents for the expropriation of other, third parties, in the expectation of higher personal profit. The capitalist does not employ his means of production exclusively for the production of goods, to be sold to voluntarily paying consumers. Rather, the capitalist employs a portion of his means for the production of bads: the involuntary expropriation of others. And accordingly, the profit earned from his enterprise, whatever it may be, is no longer a correct measure of the size of his contribution to social welfare. His profits are corrupted and morally tainted. Some third parties would have a just claim against his enterprise and his profit – a claim that may not be enforceable against the state, but that would be a just claim nonetheless.

Christians are to pursue justice, and fight against injustice.


We will end our review of Hoppe’s work with a few excerpts from A Realistic Libertarianism.

First, Hoppe quotes Rothbard at the start of the article:

“Libertarianism is logically consistent with almost any attitude toward culture, society, religion, or moral principle. In strict logic, libertarian political doctrine can be severed from all other considerations; logically one can be – and indeed most libertarians in fact are: hedonists, libertines, immoralists, militant enemies of religion in general and Christianity in particular – and still be consistent adherents of libertarian politics. In fact, in strict logic, one can be a consistent devotee of property rights politically and be a moocher, a scamster, and a petty crook and racketeer in practice, as all too many libertarians turn out to be. Strictly logically, one can do these things, but psychologically, sociologically, and in practice, it simply doesn’t work that way.”  [my emphasis, HHH]

Murray Rothbard, “Big-Government Libertarians,” in: L. Rockwell, ed., The Irrepressible Rothbard, Auburn, Al: Ludwig von Mises Institute, 2000, p. 101

Then Hoppe defines the Left and the Right:

This brings me to the topic of “Left” and “Right.”

The difference between the Right and the Left, as Paul Gottfried has often noted, is a fundamental disagreement concerning an empirical question. The Right recognizes, as a matter of fact, the existence of individual human differences and diversities and accepts them as natural, whereas the Left denies the existence of such differences and diversities or tries to explain them away and in any case regards them as something unnatural that must be rectified to establish a natural state of human equality.

[…]

With this short characterization of the Right and the Left I return to the subject of libertarianism. Is libertarian theory compatible with the world-view of the Right? And: Is libertarianism compatible with leftist views?

As for the Right, the answer is an emphatic “yes.” Every libertarian only vaguely familiar with social reality will have no difficulty acknowledging the fundamental truth of the Rightist world-view. He can, and in light of the empirical evidence indeed must agree with the Right’s empirical claim regarding the fundamental not only physical but also mental in-equality of man; and he can in particular also agree with the Right’s normative claim of “laissez faire,” i.e., that this natural human inequality will inevitably result also in un-equal outcomes and that nothing can or should be done about this.

[…]

The egalitarian world-view of the Left is not only incompatible with libertarianism, however. It is so out of touch with reality that one must be wondering how anyone can take it seriously. The man-on-the-street certainly does not believe in the equality of all men. Plain common sense and sound prejudice stand in the way of that. And I am even more confident that no one of the actual proponents of the egalitarian doctrine really, deep down, believes what he proclaims. Yet how, then, could the Leftist world-view have become the dominant ideology of our age?

At least for a libertarian, the answer should be obvious: the egalitarian doctrine achieved this status not because it is true, but because it provides the perfect intellectual cover for the drive toward totalitarian social control by a ruling elite. The ruling elite therefore enlisted the help of the “intelligentsia” (or the “chattering class”). It was put on the payroll or otherwise subsidized and in return it delivered the desired egalitarian message (which it knows to be wrong yet which is enormously beneficial to its own employment prospects). And so the most enthusiastic proponents of the egalitarian nonsense can be found among the intellectual class [2[.

[Footnote 2: Murray Rothbard has listed them: “academics, opinion-molders, journalists, writers, media elites, social workers, bureaucrats, counselors, psychologists, personnel consultants, and especially for the ever accelerating new group-egalitarianism, a veritable army of ’therapists’ and sensitivity trainers. Plus, of course, ideologues and researchers to dream up and discover new groups that need egalitarianizing.” (Ibid, p. 51)]

If you’re thinking that the Left is essentially insane, in it’s denial of actual differences between human behaviour, you’re close to the target, but not quite there.

What really drives the Left nuts is that 1) there are people who are blessed – perhaps by their own actions, perhaps by what they have inherited from their parents or society and 2) there are people who are cursed – again, perhaps by their own actions, perhaps by what they have inherited from their parents or society.

There is a distinct lack of equality in real life, that points to a distinct lack of equality in the afterlife.THIS, the Left hates most of all, and it turns to it’s idols with bloody hands (the State and its Courts) and a stream of lies (the intelligentsia and the media) to suppress and rewrite reality.

As for this life…the Left would prefer to steal from the people they envy, and give to themselves. Lacking that, they would destroy it, so no one is blessed, and all (except Dear Leader, of course) is coursed.

The Left rails against reality. But reality (most prominently, technological development and the increasing rate of change – and most fundamentally, the God who authored and sustains reality) is against the Left.


Summary

Today, the Left can afford to cut itself off from reality, thanks to its subsidies from the State.

But the State – and Democracy, and Darwinism, and Keynesian economics – are all rotting gods. Their heart has been carved out, and their future has been neutered.

(And aborted… and perverted… and drowned in debt and political promises…)

So those subsidies are going to dry up, and with it the dreams and comforts of the Left.

Christians are not to attach themselves to a dying ideology. The failure of the Left will become obvious with the death of the Welfare State: Christians should not wait for that grim but needful crisis, to get ready for what happens after the end of the New World Order.

The time to prepare for victory is now.

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