Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Libertarian's Take on Westerns

His perspective and interpretation of the Western differs from that of paleos like Drs. Fleming and Wilson.

I Watch Westerns by Frank Chodorov

Westerns do in some way represent individualism, with a lone hero taking on the bad guys -- but I do not think this is self-seeking individualism, but the pursuit of justice and the common good. The author's idealization of the lack of the state (and civilization) is apparent. Private enterprise or private justice, without the cover of lawful authority? Even where there is a separate police force, citizens should be vigilant in defending themselves,their families, and their communities -- it's not just a republican ideal, but an ideal for men in general.

Waylon Jennings, My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

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