Traditional Libertarianism VS American Libertarianism by The Anti-Social Socialist


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“One gratifying aspect of our rise to some prominence is that, for the first time in my memory, we, ‘our side,’ had captured a crucial word from the enemy… ‘Libertarians’… had long been simply a polite word for left-wing anarchists, that is for anti-private property anarchists, either of the communist or syndicalist variety. But now we had taken it over.” — Murray N. Rothbard, The Betrayal Of The American Right, 2009

“Anarcho-capitalists are against the State simply because they are capitalists first and foremost. Their critique of the State ultimately rests on a liberal interpretation of liberty as the inviolable rights to and of private property. They are not concerned with the social consequences of capitalism for the weak, powerless and ignorant. Their claim that all would benefit from a free exchange in the market is by no means certain; any unfettered market system would most likely sponsor a reversion to an unequal society with defence associations perpetuating exploitation and privilege. If anything, anarcho-capitalism is merely a free-for-all in which only the rich and cunning would benefit. It is tailor-made for ‘rugged individualists’ who do not care about the damage to others or to the environment which they leave in their wake. The forces of the market cannot provide genuine conditions for freedom any more than the powers of the State. The victims of both are equally enslaved, alienated and oppressed.” — Peter Marshall, Demanding the Impossible: A History of Anarchism, Ch. 36, 2007

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February 15, 2018

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  9. one of my favorite sayings that i made up is, “it’s all about free markets until it’s *really about free markets.”. take power companies as an example who absolutely shit themselves when a competitor wants to enter the market. Or when democratically elected leaders who are left-leaning are taken out by covert operations. the market is not free nor rationale, it’s driven by the elite to their benefit.

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