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  1. 1. ~~ ~and perhaps even contracts power to the State and its the existing system of Statewith Power. But it has been elites. But Fabian libertarians capitalism. These upper-spectacularly unsuccessful in or limited-government con- middle-class yuppies are theachieving any significant gains s13rvativeswould be pushing weakest possible reed for anyfor libertarian principle. On the principles that are very much libertarian, or any limited gov-contrary: all that this Corridor a!gainstthe grain of the ruling ernment, strategy.of Power strategy has accom- elites: and hence the Fabian Of cour,se, the Koch-plished is to defang both the success story in British so- Crane types often choose thisconservative and the libertar- cialism is irrelevant to today. path not just for strategician movement, and to make To the contrary, the likelihood reasons, but because theythem lapdogs of Power. The is precisely what did happen: themselves lean towardmarginal influence of libertar- that would-be Fabian, gradu- cultural and social leftism: to-ians has been to find some ahst, and respectable, con- ward egalitarianism, andtechnical ways to make the servatives and toward a liber-workings of the State a bit libertarians, will tine lifestyle.more efficient, or a bit less find themselves Hence, they areinefficient. And that hurts coopted, and get hardly the sortrather than helps the cause of Fabianized in the to lead theliberty. wrong direction. charge .against The more thoughtful ad- The much- the cultural andvocates of this path have heralded Koch- social decaycalled it the Fabian strategy. Crane strategy of which agitatesLook, they have said, the appealing to fis- the AmericanFabian Society was brilliantly cally conserva- public almostsuccessful at a gradual, re- tive, socially as much asspectable approach. Instead liberal" yuppies more directlyof being militant and con- is part and par- political issues,fronting the State, as the radi- cel of the same while their left-cal Marxists would do, the misguided and ist egalitar-Fabians insinuated them- disastrous strat- ianism inclinesselves into Power and nudged egy. Upper-mid- them to supportit along, gradually and inexo- dle class yuppie the anti-dis-rably, into collectivism. Isnt suburbanites crimination"this similarly a surer path for may be lots of fun at cocktail laws that trample on the rightsconservatives or libertarians? parties, but they are precisely of private property.Well, the path may be more the wrong class for a libertar-comfortable and certainly ian strategy to covet. For, of B. The Libertarian Partymore lucrative personally for all the groups and classes in The other alternativethe right-wing Fabians. But the society, they are most com- strategic route for libertariansFabian strategy overlooks a fortable and the least dis- is to separate thiemselves outcrucial point. Apart from the gruntled, the least likely to from the mainstream, and tofact that the radical Marxists nurse a deep grievance form and develop a self-con-were right in regarding against the State. And even if, scious movement, functioningFabianism as a sellout of over a couple of martinis, they as a combination of philo-Marxist principle, the Fabians should tell the Catoites: Yes, sophic debating society andwere only gently nudging the we really agree with you on social club. This is preciselyState in a direction where it most issues," they are least what libertarians did in thewas happily willing and eager IikeEy to do anything about it, 1970s, except in the guise ofto go: advancing even more to rock the boat and oppose a political party.LO January1992 LICENSED TO UNZ.ORG ELECTRONIC REPRODUCTION PROHIBITED