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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

What Do Libertarians Think About The 912 March on DC?

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There is a diversity of responses within the broader libertarian movement to the 912 march on Washington this past Saturday. Many in the commentariat (especially on the social democrat side of things) have accused the 912 protesters of being far-right authoritarians in libertarians' clothing, so it is interesting as a libertarian myself to put ones finger to the pulse of libertarian opinion regarding the event.

Here's a smattering from some libertarian blogs and websites:

The Cato Institute:

Two Thumbs Up Here...

If you've been fed a steady media diet of MSNBC over the last few months, though, you could be excused for fearing a Pennsylvania Avenue takeover by a rabble of pitchfork-wielding cranks and extras from "Deliverance." But the crowd... was made up of orderly, pleasant, middle-class Americans from all across the country.

And here...

'No Child Left A Dime' - That’s my favorite placard from the Washington tea party protests on Saturday. No Child Left a Dime underlines perhaps the central concern of the protesters — the ongoing massive fiscal irresponsibility in Washington by both parties.

And One Thumb Down

Beck’s purpose with the Project? "We want to get everyone thinking like it is September 12th, 2001 again." My God, why in the world would anyone want that? Yes, 9/12 brought moving displays of patriotism and a comforting sense of national unity, but that hardly made up for the fear, rage and sorrow that dominated the national mood and at times clouded our vision.

Lew Rockwell and the Mises Institute:

Two Thumbs Way Down

Really, DC is one nasty place. So why would anyone concerned about the state and its power "march on Washington"? Such events only dissipate energy, and fool people into thinking that their time and money have accomplished something, as the regime laughs up its sleeve. Indeed, that is the purpose. So stay home. Read, write, work, organize, and avoid DC like the plague it is.

The Independent Institute:

One Thumb Up...

This demonstration may reflect one of the fastest growing, grassroots movements in American history and one that is rapidly inspiring millions of people of the need to seek major reductions in the size and scope of government power. Simultaneously, the poll ratings for Obama and Congress, and state governments continue to drop.

And One Thumb Sideways

So, when I see demonstrations like the one that just took place in Washington, I sympathize with the people who’ve gone to the trouble of protesting against the government’s abuses, but I find myself wondering, Do these poor souls really think they’ll accomplish something by this protest?


Two Thumbs Up

The 912 March on Washington was a culmination of several Tea Party rallies that have taken place throughout the year to protest the encroachment of Big Government. Many free market organizations, including Bureaucrash, cosponsored the event. What took place this past Saturday certainly exceeded all expectations.

The Libertarian Party

Two Thumbs Up

Washington - Libertarian Party headquarters staff and interns joined the 9/12 Tea Party March on Washington. After gathering at Freedom Plaza, just blocks from the White House, the march proceeded the 1.1 miles down Pennsylvania Avenue to the U.S. Capitol for a rally.

Libertarian Republican

Two Thumbs Way Up...

Here, here, here, and here.

Left Coast Rebel

Two Thumbs Way Up

Americans are waking up! The Sleeping Giant of the Moral Majority is waking from her slumber. The Obamanation is on it's descendency and it only took 6 months.... Beware miscreants in the media bearing news of low attendance, some outlets were quoting crowds in the 'tens of thousands'. Horse-hockey, don't let them get away with it!


The question is- what do you think about the 912 rally in D.C. and about the commentary you've read above?

Editor's note: If you run a libertarian blog or website and have commentary on the 912 event that you would like me to include in this post- drop me a line.


  1. From the Left Coast Rebel - Americans are waking up! The Sleeping Giant of the Moral Majority is waking from her slumber. The Obamanation is on it's descendency and it only took 6 months....

  2. My gosh, unbelievable that any self-described libertarian in their right mind could find anything at all negative about the March on DC.

    And you wonder why nobody ever takes Lew Rockwell seriously?

    (Not that the other negativos above don't deserve criticism too.)

  3. Got you covered LCR!

    Eric- I disagree with his assessment as well, but as an anarcho-capitalist, I can certainly understand why he prefers to educate Americans rather than lobby the government for less tyranny.

    It should be no surprise that any anarchist would consider the 912 march a waste of time. Again I disagree with his assessment (and his anarchism)- but I think he has good reasons for both.

  4. Hey, I work for Bureaucrash, good to see someone out there knows we exist.

    I made these two videos from the day's events:

    It was certainly the largest concentration of libertarians in one place that I'd ever seen. And while I didn't agree with all the signs...I've never seen so many Gadsden flags in my life.

  5. Oh yeah. I know Bureaucrash! I sent my resume for the "Crasher-in-Chief" position when Pete Eyre left. You guys do good work.

    And yes, it is encouraging to see all those Gadsden flags everywhere at these rallies and tea parties, isn't it?

  6. Ah, I'm the intern this semester :)

  7. Well any intern at Bureaucrash is a friend of mine, Evan! Let me know if you ever need anything- which is not just a polite turn of phrase.

    If you seriously need anything specific in terms of helping dream up, put together, or promote any of your projects and activities at Bcrash, just let me know.

  8. I'm not a libertarian, myself. If I were, I would think Beck and his 912 Project had done me a grave disservice - burying the real and important questions about individual rights and the limits of legitimate political power beneath distorted understanding, shoddy reasoning, and the kind of ridiculous street theater we've come to expect from far-left demonstrators at G20 meetings.
    (I've been examining the "9 Principles" of the 912 Project in some detail at


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