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Porn Stars and Defective Judgment

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20.07.2021

When Murray Rothbard died in 1995, William F. Buckley Jr. began his obituary by saying, “We extend condolences to his family, but not to the movement he inspired.”

This made sense if you had been paying even cursory attention to the battle between Buckley’s conservatism and Rothbard’s libertarianism that had played out in the previous few decades. Buckley faulted Rothbard for having “defective judgment” in his political organizing efforts.

The reason, as Kevin Williamson pointed out in a 2012 magazine piece, was that Rothbard courted a lot of cranks. Rothbard’s radical libertarianism meant he had few potential adherents in mainstream politics, so he looked to the fringes to assemble what Kevin called a “hippie-redneck coalition.” That meant support for David Duke’s runs for elected office in Louisiana in the early ’90s, the militia movement, and neo-Confederates, and even flirting with Holocaust deniers because, in Kevin’s words, they were “all fantastic on the Fed.”

A similar dynamic seems to be at play in the uproar on conservative Twitter over Turning Point USA’s (TPUSA) decision to ban porn star Brandi Love from attending its Student Action Summit in Tampa over the weekend. Some conservatives saw it as cancel culture, and others found it prudish or small-minded to exclude her.

Anthony Leonardi reported on Twitter that she “was kicked out of the SAS conference as soon as the organization discovered she was a porn star, and that her VIP pass was ‘totally revoked.'” TPUSA spokesman Andrew Kolvet told Newsweek that “Ms. Love purchased an adult VIP ticket” and that “she was not invited nor was her attendance somehow requested........

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