Arvin Vohra, the Vice Chairperson of the Libertarian National Committee (LNC) and U.S. Senate candidate posted several racist remarks onto his Facebook page during a 24-hour period.
Vohra’s statements include:
In response to the second to last post, Vohra clarified his position by stating:
“That [both white supremacists and government school teachers should be shamed] was my original position. But realizing that many supposed ˈLibertariansˈ want to keep the largest part of the welfare state, which is government schools, I’ll honestly take any replacement.”
This is not Vohra’s first encounter with controversy. Just a couple months ago, Vohra jokingly posted online: “Bad Idea: School Shootings. Good Idea: School Board Shootings.”
In February, Larry Sharpe, the Libertarian Party’s nominee for the New York gubernatorial race, resigned from the Libertarian National Committee after the LNC failed to remove Vohra over his tirade against the age of consent.
Libertarianism, in the past and in the present, has a racism problem. One of the premier libertarian intellectuals, Murray Rothbard, wrote in support of Klan leader David Duke’s failed candidacy for Louisiana governor in 1992. Former congressman Ron Paul’s newsletters included many heinous remarks such as calling Martin Luther King Jr. a “world-class philanderer who beat up his paramours.” There is little evidence for much libertarian activity during the civil rights era, and many libertarians are not very supportive of federal anti-discrimination laws as demonstrated in a Libertarian Party presidential debate in 2016.
Christopher Cantwell, a neo-Nazi and an attendee at the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally, explained how libertarianism justifies his attitude towards discrimination:
“In libertarian philosophy, nobody ought to be compelled to associate with anyone else. People should be free to exercise complete control over their own person and property. If blacks are committing crimes, or Jews are spreading communism, discriminating against them is the right of any property owner.”
Libertarianism is not compatible with social equality. Indeed, it may stoke racial tension and justify white supremacy more than the casual libertarian would suggest.