It is not so much “vulgar,” strictly speaking, to consider oneself a socially conservative anarchist as it is indicative of intellectual sloppiness. (Indeed, Hans Hoppe has argued quite convincingly that consistent social conservatism really requires nothing less than a radical rejection of the State; so, being a “conservative anarchist” is not necessarily a contradiction in terms.)
However, when an anarchist says, “I’m socially conservative, but I’m an anarchist,” and leaves it at that, such an argument is incomplete and, I daresay, quite lazy. The problem lies in the fact that such a statement, when not carefully qualified, is simply not quite good enough for showing the true heart and soul of anarchism as a comprehensive social outlook.
That is, there is a broad gulf between what anarchists consider society and the choking pall of the statist culture that in reality surrounds the few of us. It is absolutely imperative that anarchists doggedly level critiques of Middle America’s culture of statism. If anarchists do this part of the “job” well, then we will quickly and persistently be labeled as “counter-cultural,” “libertine,” or worse. (It should go without saying that an anarchist who isn’t fully prepared to be ruthlessly and dishonestly labeled, smeared, and challenged with incessant straw-man “arguments” isn’t really ready to be an anarchist!)
I have pretty much given up on the Libertarian Party and the libertarian designation. I now simply refer to my philosophy as straight anarchy or abolishionist (of the State).
Thomas Jefferson said it best in the Declaration of Independence…
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,…”
Time to abolish this abomination of a government…
“The tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” — Thomas Jefferson
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