Why libertarianism can't work: Preface; When I speak of libertarianism, in this context, I am directing attention not too the libertarian hemisphere but to the libertarian right; those people who would repeat some cliché along the lines of "the freer the market the freer the people" as though the pursuit and possession of material gain is the ultimate ideal. In this essay I plan on both making several arguments against different facets of this ideology and to deconstruct a few different common arguments made by libertarians. Fallacy of Definition and Monopoly: It amazes me that an ideology which would allow the business owner and corporation to do whatever it may like would gain such popularity in a world in which an oligarchy rules from the heights of monopoly. It's as though they are blind or that they assume that if the paradigm would shift that such economic structures would fail or lose gumption. You hear this very tired and fallacious argument; "corporations are created by the government" as though modern regulatory practices somehow create the conglomerate and, therefore, that they would not exist in a much more economically lax society. This is obviously untrue and the irony of yet another libertarian cliché "read basic economics" rings in the air as they deny human nature and the idea that power will accumulate when allowed. They don't explain why the richest would not collect in vertical monopoly to corner markets and then rule from that rigid hierarchy. All they can manage is weak linguistic fallacy, typically in the form of noting that the definition of corporation mentions government; and therefore they pretend that the two require each other. It is very obvious that capitalism requires regulation to be stable and to be long lasting. A system is destined to consume itself with constant and unrestrained growth. I would like for the normal man and entrepreneur to be as free as possible economically, but when a man becomes a billionaire and owns so much and controls so many minds and lives? Some form of limitation must exist to prevent him from exploiting those below and returning us again to a state of practical feudalism. The NAP and Private Military: The Non Agression Principle is the social contract of a slave guised as a prohibition of force or violence. This "principle" would socially stigmatize any action that requires aggression to perform and, presumably, would allow as a right of others the removal of any such aggressive person from society. This would outlaw all forms of active rebellion and prevent the populace from reacting in the face of corporate tyranny. The concept seems reasonable on face value before you apply it to the economic system it was created for, being that when the hierarchy of wealth and lack of all public resource is held in mind that the context changes drastically. This system would allow any who could afford it to buy private militants or to form a private army. The inevitable end to this is corporate warfare and corporate militantism; this would morph the corporate oligarch into pseudo-government driven to enforce their economic interest through militant action whenever possible. The conglomerate would very quickly replace the government in many capacities, with perhaps the most important difference being that this new pseudo-government would not be elected or elevated by the will of the people, but by wealth and wealth only. Boycott and Choice: A common argument against the apparent extreme ease in centralization of power in ancapistan or libertarian society is that the people can choose to boycott. I have, very frequently, heard repeated by libertarians the idea that "if the people allow a corporation to monopolize then it must be benevolent and if it isn't, they should boycott to remove its power" as though they live in a fantasy where humans are not animals and do not most often follow the path of least resistance. Boycotts barely work even in our modern situation where businesses are restricted to some degree, the idea that a boycott could be successful against a true monopoly in a libertarian society is simply wishful thinking based on conjecture. It is not realistic to expect a majority of individuals to greatly hamper themselves or pay much more for a product- or etc- simply because a minority claims that normalcy must end to restore fairness. As long as a massive corporation is capable of undercutting prices and buying out competition; they will. No amount of wishful thinking will stop this process, no amount of boycott and self deprivation will end the reign of a monopoly in a thoroughly cornered market. The only thing that can keep this process from occurring is fair and measured regulation in an economy that exists for the people which it both caters to and lives from. The Libertarian and Intellectual Property: Many times now I have had the argument leveled at me that intellectual property does not exist and that no such thing would be enforced in a heavily libertarian society. Since these ideas contain no physical form they therefore cannot be property and cannot be owned; only the product of the idea can be owned. This means that if you write a book and then publish it that a publisher could then republish your work for profit and undercut you entirely. You do not own words and they own the paper on which the words are printed and the ink in which they are printed. It's their book now. The same applies to new inventions; you create a new engine and attempt to sell it only to see it incorporated into the stock of a corporation; your idea is socialized into the system itself. You don't own the idea, the steel and copper and rubber used to make the engine is all that matters. This system of thought obviously kills creative innovation as people would lose of motivation to create new things. In a very real way libertarian mindset marks to death of art, invention and innovation in general. I understand that this is a somewhat extreme belief and that not all libertarians want the abolishment of IP, but the fact that the sentiment exists at all casts doubt on the efficacy of the entire system. It may be that due to concepts such as this and the postmodern deconstruction of necessary social constructs that libertarianism itself is completely impractical and impossible. Perhaps the dystopia couldn't exist only because the ideology can't stand at all. Libertarianism and the Illusion of Freedom: There are many examples of libertarians pretending that certain actions and phenomenon are related to freedom when they are obviously not and are obviously related to other factors of the human experience, or are at least much more complicated than libertarians want to admit. I will outline three here. This is necessary to show how weak libertarianism is in the face of societal decay and moral deformity. Abortion; Libertarians, overwhelmingly, are pro abortion. They rationalize this act as freedom due to giving women a choice in her reproductive cycle. The problem with this logic is that the woman, typically, has already made a prior choice- to have sex- and is now avoiding the consequences of her own actions by killing her own offspring. This obviously has nothing to do with freedom- since the woman was already free to make the decision to have sex or not- and everything to do with pandering to a supposedly sympathetic position and steering towards the path of least resistance in the face of adversity. Transgenderism; Libertarians are frequently passive or pro the ability of others to become transgender. It's sorta like being pro the ability of people to become lobotomized or pro the ability of a man to have his neurotic wife treated with electroshock therapy. It's an ignorance of blatant medical and psychiatric malpractice in the name of supposed "freedom" as though doctors treating the mentally ill with castration and experimentation is an ideal of self sovereignty. Immigration; Many libertarians are against the concept of borders even existing and think that "freedom of movement" overrules the sovereignty of others. They have rationalized forceful invasion into another country as "freedom" due to our necessity in using force to prevent the destruction of our societies, cultures, demographic, and very existence. End note: If you are a libertarian you seriously need to readdress your worldview and come to terms with the fact that your ideology is dysfunctional and unrealistic. I feel the same disdain and anger when speaking to an ancap as I do when speaking to a socialist; both deny human nature for utopian ideology. Both are dangerous. Both are useful idiots. As a rule, if a system seems utopian then it is likely hell in practice. #libertarian #freedom #writing #truth #usa
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