Protesting groups don’t believe in liberty

This letter was published in the The Record, 9/7/2017, USA Today, 9/6/2017, and the Suburban Trends, 9/13/2017

In the three weeks since the violence in Charlottesville, not many people have taken note that the “Alt Right” white nationalists and the “Antifa” counter protesters actually have some things in common. For example, both groups are hostile towards a free market economy, in that they both oppose free trade. Recall the “Occupy Wall Street” rallies of several years back, when many of the same people and organizations that were in Charlottesville were also involved in the “Occupy Wall Street” movement. Both groups believe in censorship of those they don't agree with. If either side ever got in power you could kiss the Bill of Rights goodbye. Can anyone imagine the white nationalists, the Ku Klux Klan, or National Socialists (Nazis) allowing  blacks, Jews, Hispanics, Asians or people in the LGBTQ community the right to own guns or have First Amendment rights? The other side would do the same thing in a heartbeat.

Those of us who are Libertarians have long known that both Left and Right in this country don’t really believe in liberty and all people of goodwill should avoid them like the plague. If you truly want tolerance you must be consistently pro- liberty on all issues for all people all of the time. I invite all people regardless of who or what you are to join with us in the real battle, which is the defense of liberty against ever increasing government power.

Mark Richard
West Milford, NJ