One question I hadn’t anticipated in yesterday’s PJTV interview about libertarians was whether libertarians have regional differences. It’s such a universalist (and predictable) philosophy, I said, that the answer is basically no, but I added that southern ones, like Texan Ron Paul (and the paleolibertarians at LewRockwell.com) may be more prone to right-wing worries about policing the border, while we East Coast types are (rightly, I think) more interested in Wall Street and more comfortable with cosmopolitanism [UPDATE: Synthesis achieved! Ron Paul blogs at the New York Times Freakonomics blog today!].
I will say this for Lew Rockwell’s site, though: That’s where I learned about this amusing, anthemic Obama-as-Soviet-leader video from libertarian TV commentator Glenn Beck.
On the other hand, I think these videos serve as a partial argument against anyone, like Ron Paul, who fears the creation of a “North American Union” that blurs together Canada, the U.S., and Mexico: Canadian rock band the Stars and Mexican rock band Hello Seahorse! would then live in the same country, as aesthetics clearly dictates they should — though I admit the Stars come from a Broken Social Scene (and while I don’t know if they commit crimes, they do “Almost Crimes”).
That Mexican band was recently praised by Goldwater-admiring Michael Malice, himself born in Ukraine and fond of the America-loving Ayn Rand, who emigrated from Russia to go to Hollywood, so you see what I’m getting at, immigration-wise.
But if it’s specifically Latinos that have people here worried, I’d like to point out again that most of those who are worried about them, at least critics of a paleoconservative or paleolibertarian bent, tend to think secession and old historical ties are good things, so isn’t letting southern California go back to being a Latin American country the decent thing to do anyway? Or would we be betraying the legacy of President James K. Polk?