Posted 10 months ago on June 17, 2013, 12:27 p.m. EST by struggleforfreedom80
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In part I I explained what the actual consequences of a right-libertarian type society would be. Now I want to elaborate a little more on this abhorrent ideology, and take on some of the bullshit theories and principles that lay behind it.
One of the things that libertarians often point out is that no one should be allowed to interfere and regulate another peaceful individual’s business and property. Now that might sound appealing to some at first, but after further consideration you’ll realize that this is in reality a call for tyranny. If no one should be allowed to interfere in someone else’s business, then that means there'll be no regulations of the huge corporations either. They would get enormous power over the economy and our lives; it would be total corporate dominance and tyranny, with the owners and the financial elite making all the important decisions in society.
Secondly, we live in a modern technological society with an economy that affects everyone. In other words, decisions that one individual makes, can affect and have huge consequences for other individuals. In a society like this, it’s totally unreasonable to suggest that a huge and powerful corporation for example, shouldn’t be regulated by the public. People should have a say in the things that affect them. In other words, if your actions affect other people’s lives, then they should have a say in your actions. That must certainly apply to businesses as well.
Another claim coming from these ultra right-wingers, is that the society they want is based on free association, voluntary agreements and non-coercion. This is false.
In “free market” capitalism, the owners and the financial elite will have the overwhelming power and control over the economy and our workplaces. In a system like this, where there are such huge differences among individuals in terms of wealth, power and influence, it’s meaningless to talk about “voluntary agreements”. When some people control the institutions and resources in society, while others own nothing or very little, and have to sell their labor in order to survive, then that’s not voluntary agreements; it’s one individual being forced to accept the existing hierarchies and take orders from non-elected owners. In laissez-faire capitalism you’re forced to live in a system in which the wealthy have enormous power in the marketplace, and of course, you’re forced to live by the laws that allow this concentrated power to occur.
So in other words, the kind of society advocated by right-wing libertarians would be full of coercion and involuntary agreements. Right-libertarianism advocates a tyrannical society in which the wealthy are the rulers.
What we should work for is not right-libertarianism, but left-libertarianism: a sustainable society where democracy is the core and controlled from below; a society with more direct participation so that people are in control of their own life and work; a society with real voluntary association.