Posted 9 years ago on April 9, 2013, 12:20 p.m. EST by struggleforfreedom80
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First I want to say that libertarians aren’t wrong about everything; when it comes to foreign policy for example, they have some reasonable suggestions. However, when it comes to the economy and property rights etc, then these people are way off. When it comes to these very important issues, libertarians are in reality advocating tyranny.
These so-called "libertarians" (a term used in a completely different way thruout history by the way) advocate something that in reality would lead to a more corporate-run society. They want to privatize more institutions, cut welfare services and give HUGE tax cuts to the wealthy and the big corporations. That of course means that the corporate elite and the top 1% will become even more wealthy and powerful in society. As for the rest of the population: the workers, the students, the seniors and so on, the 99%, they’ll be left with much less resources: poorer health care, no social security, less rights at the workplace and so on. Put it simply, what libertarians advocate is TAX CUTS for the 1%, WELFARE CUTS for the 99%.
Handing over huge amounts of cash and resources to the wealthy also weakens democracy substantially, because these people have undemocratic power in society. They are non-elected elites with huge power over our lives.
So right-wing libertarians think it’s ok to have a system in which your influence in society is based to a large extent on your access to recourses and money. They advocate a society where the economy overwhelmingly is run by the 1%, and where the economic institutions – our workplaces – are run like tyrannies, with the CEOs and the owners at the top, giving orders to the rest of the people involved, and dictating how the institution is being run.
In other words, right-wing libertarians have all the wrong ideas and solutions when it comes to the economy, because they don’t want to do anything about what is the root cause of many of the problems we see in society today, namely the concentration of wealth, recourses and power in the hands of the wealthy and the private owners. These ultra right-wing libertarian policies are in reality a call for the continuation of the corporate dominance we have seen increasingly develop these last decades. A society which has these features is immoral, undemocratic, and unsustainable. It’s intolerable!
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, with the economic institutions and the communities being run democratically by the participants; a society where people participate in the decision-making and are in control of their own work, life and destiny.