The Libertarianism of Malcolm X

May 19, 2015—Today would be Malcolm X’s 90th birthday were he alive. And imagine that. How different the national dialogue might be. He didn’t identify as a libertarian, but the logic behind his most timeless statements fits with libertarian attitudes rising in America today.

Malcolm X famously said, Malcolmxm1carbine3gr“Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it.”

While that quote isn’t in the video above, the same libertarian sentiment is put forth.

Beyond championing gun ownership, Malcolm X talks about the importance of knowing who the true enemy of freedom is. In “getting to the nitty gritty,” Malcolm X cautions his audience not to fall prey to Left vs. Right politics. He says, “Don’t blame a cracker in Georgia for your injustices. The government is responsible for the injustices.”

That cracker in Georgia could just as well be an immigrant in El Paso, Texas. Or a pizza shop owner refusing to cater a gay wedding. How much better off we would be if Malcolm X were still around, dispelling these great divisions stirred up by both liberals and conservatives in the mainstream media.

Malcolm X helps libertarians reaffirm what makes the 2nd Amendment so important. The necessity of the right to bear arms reminds us that it’s the state that has the most to gain in dividing up society.

On Malcolm X’s birthday, people of all types can unite around this lesson.

What else should we remember Malcolm X for? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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