Why I am a Market Anarchist



you you are listening to feed 44 the official podcast channel of the Center for a stateless society c4 ss is an anarchist think-tank and media center for more information please visit c4 SS org why I am a market anarchist written by HB Dillon Williams the fourth on October 18th 2015 read by Athena Roberts in 1897 then well-known anarchist without adjectives vulturine de Clary addressed the question of why she was an anarchist by answering because I cannot help it in her honor I seek to address the same question with my own personal reasons it is our responsibility to honestly evaluate all sides of an issue and to follow whichever path the truth takes us this dictum motivated my transition from min Ark ISM to anarcho-capitalism and then finally to market anarchism privatization alone isn't enough privatize everything seems to be the crux of the anarcho-capitalist view there are some crucial weaknesses to this approach privatization may be a necessary condition for liberty but it is not sufficient in and of itself cartels are an economic reality regardless of the state's existence without the state businesses would certainly be less able to use force and withhold supply off the market in an attempt to raise prices and enforce price floors but even if the state were to collapse optimal market conditions would still not be a given we must recall Rothbart assertion that ending the state does not solve the problem of unjust property titles that have resulted from state privilege roth bards remedy for such remaining post state inequities was libertarian reappropriation guided by natural law Anna o Morgenstern made what I believe to be the best statement on this topic quote goals sometimes lead people towards certain means but it is the means that determine results not the goals and if the anarcho-capitalists follow men are just means the results will be anarchy not some impossible anarcho-capitalism my take on the impossibility of anarcho-capitalism is as follows under anarchism mass accumulation and concentration of capital is impossible without concentration of capital wait slavery is impossible without wage slavery there's nothing most people would recognize as capitalism close quote not all self-identified anarcho-capitalists believe the same things but those who do believe in private companies running everything might be challenged by this article what changed my opinion the most was considering how different the economy would be you without the state some market anarchists advocate mutualism which would remove barriers to capital placed in front of those who have been exploited by the state and state privileged businesses primarily the workers and poor it would give them the opportunity to build own and be a part of managing the means of production depending on where a particular market anarchists sympathies lie this transition could be made possible by various means peaceful market petition direct action in one form or another unionization or some combination of these the concept of private property is and always has been hotly debated among anarchists many believe resources should be available to all while others prefer that they be in the hands of the most efficient anarcho-capitalists assert that those who most efficiently supply other people's needs would and should command a higher market share relative to the less efficient market participants market anarchists agree that those who use resources most efficiently should be allowed to use their justly obtained property to accumulate more if that's what they so desire however many of the wealthiest sinta days actually existing economy would not only have a difficult time accumulating more they'd have a hard time keeping much of what they have remedying the present unjust allocation would radically alter the economic landscape market anarchists believe markets are powerful we believe workers Uniting can be a major economic force through direct action united labor can begin to reclaim what's rightfully theirs from the capitalist class anarcho-capitalists rightly respect the complexity of markets and their superiority over state intervention and the allocation of resources they just don't realize which side they're on all too often they're stuck defending CEOs as exemplars of the free market instead of realizing them for what they often are teammates with the state in the preservation of capitalism we can support markets without becoming corporate apologists go capitalist place almost exclusive emphasis on abolition of the state though it's a worthy goal I'm not convinced and sufficient to bury corrupt business interests to really combat the re-emergence of the state through the capitalist class worker run businesses would have to become part of the resistance reliance on the capitalist class will become increasingly unnecessary mutual aid and mutual banks will be part of the shift our reduced reliance on currency would mitigate the effects of monetary manipulation benefiting the poorest the most if money is used as a medium of exchange is inevitable its manipulation is equally likely this is the case even without a state certainly we've already have competition among currencies and a manipulation abounds the point is is that competition alone is insufficient to establish optimal market conditions should we embrace or end capitalism those of us who call ourselves freed market anti capitalists are at odds with Ludwig von Mises and many Austrians regarding some fundamental terminology in Chapter 15 of human action page 269 in the scholars edition Mises says quote today many businesses are no longer liberal in the classical sense of the term rather than preferring to operate in a pure market economy many find themselves utilizing the power of the state to stifle competitors but it is entirely misleading to say that the meaning of the concept of capitalism has changed is characterized by restrictive policies to protect the best interests of wage earners farmers shopkeepers artisans and sometimes also of capitalists and entrepreneurs the concept of capitalism as an economic concept immutable if it means anything it means market economy when deprives oneself of the semantic tools to deal a de quitly with the problems of contemporary history and economic policies if one acquiesce is in a different terminology this faulty nomenclature becomes understandable only if we realize that the pseudo economists and the politicians who apply it want to prevent people from knowing what the market economy really is they want to make people believe that all the repulsive manifestations of restrictive government policies are produced by capitalism unquote I understand Mises point of view that allowing one's ideological opposition to redefine a term allows them to skew the debate but as c4 SSE's David de Mato recently pointed out it seems more accurate to say that Mises redefined capitalism which was historically considered not synonymous with free markets but instead thievery by the ruling class from labor market anarchists are thus in keeping with the traditional notions of capitalism and are speaking the same language as other non anarchist opponents of capitalism capitalism for us continues to mean state private ruling classes self-interested manipulation of markets not a lazy fair government free market economy conk ins a giris class theory correctly identifies the government in tandem with its private politically connected cohorts as the oppressors this connection blurs the line between anarcho-capitalists often simplistic private equals good state equals evil narrative Konkan holds private enterprise accountable for its unique role as co-conspirator and the ongoing of dispossession it was Konkan san alysus and exposition of agar ism which brought me to market anarchism there is no need for anarchists to hold the inconsistent notions of anarcho-capitalism market anarchism offers a nuanced to the state and privileged private classes and maps out a different path to freedom our ckets and a freed society and we believe that the world would look both markedly different than today's capitalist structure you've been listening to feed 44 the official podcast channel of the center for a stateless society c4 SS is an anarchist think-tank and media center for more information please visit c4 SS org




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