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Waving the ‘Anarcho-Capitalism’ Flag

Posted on Jul 18, 2011
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The economist Milton Friedman was one of the 20th century’s foremost proponents of libertarianism, the philosophical school from which anarcho-capitalism derives.

It’s a theory that seeks the removal of government oversight from any and all economic and social activity, which has been steadily adopted by legislators and policymakers on the right, and some on the left, for the past three decades, and tea partiers may actually be opposed to it.

The abolition of all government would not square well with many of our friends waving the Gadsden flag. Without the power of legislation, after all, who would be able to prevent gays from marrying and immigrants from entering the country? —ARK


... There is indeed a school of libertarian economic theory known as anarcho-capitalism. In fact, the son of Milton Friedman—the guru of the Reagan-era school of economics, which now seems liberal compared to the Cantor/Bachmann/Tea Party theories—is one of its foremost adherents. David Friedman believes in the primacy of the individual and property, without the interference of any governmental entity, including laws.

... The major area that anarcho-capitalists (and Ayn Rand adherents) would have a falling out with most Tea Party adherents is over social issues, in which anarcho-capitalists have no interest. For example, without a government of laws, it would be hard to legislate against gays, immigrants etc. In short, the government dreaded by the Tea Party could not be used by them to establish authoritarian, moralistic control over people.

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By Shenonymous, August 17, 2011 at 1:30 am Link to this comment

Thumbs up!  Daye, July 19 at 1:38 pm

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By Inherit The Wind, August 16, 2011 at 6:10 am Link to this comment

Anarcho-Capitalism flourishes in one nation.  Just the name of the nation tells you everything you need to know about A/C:

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By reapfreak, July 20, 2011 at 1:28 pm Link to this comment
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“It’s a theory that seeks the removal of government
oversight from any and all economic and social
activity, which has been steadily adopted by
legislators and policymakers on the right, and some on
the left, for the past three decades”

You’re dishonest, or retarded.

You do know that Milton Friedman and Ayn Rand are
opponents to anarcho-capitalism, and often
libertarianism itself, right?

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By flaco, July 19, 2011 at 3:54 pm Link to this comment

Exactly! And to hear that the baggers are anarcho-something is giving them way too much credit.

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By Daye, July 19, 2011 at 1:38 pm Link to this comment

Those whom psychologists call ‘psychopaths or sociopaths’ & mobsters call ‘wiseguys’ are, since the rise of Randism & Friedmanism, called ‘economists.’

Fortunately, even in the United States, there are a few economists who are social libertarians but not economic ones, nor are they Friedmanites or psychopaths; but unfortunately they are neither employed nor listened to by financial & political elites, whom increasing numbers of serious & able psychologists regard as narcissists concerned only with what they can take from others without having to experience any of the degradation, humiliation, crushing anxiety, poverty, homelessness, abuse by police, physical & mental illness, & early death caused by them to those from whom they take.

Indeed, if one spends 10 minutes observing FOX or CNBC & the like (more than 10 minutes in a lifetime is unnecessary & tends visibly to cause loss of one’s own mind), one comes away knowledgeable of the plain indisputable fact that the class of financial & political narcissists seeks to cause pain not just for profit, but for amusement, as did the Roman elites who staged games in which humans were degraded, humiliated, etc., etc., & often slaughtered in their coliseums.

Is there anyone among us who does not know this - who does not know that not just FOX & CNBC are coliseums, but CNN, MSNBC, CBC, ABC, NBC & so on & on, as well?

Which of us was born to be a Roman? Well, some of course, especially the fine personages in the best seats, & surely bullies & assorted swindlers seem born to the villainess life. But the rest of us (& this is a question) - born Americans - should continue sitting in these brutal, stupefying & stinking theaters, waiting cattle-like to be selected for sacrificial abuse in some entertainment that is already being designed for us? Should we not refuse to attend? Refuse to just wait?

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By Robespierre115, July 19, 2011 at 1:12 pm Link to this comment

Anarcho-capitalism is some people’s way of claiming to want radical change but not give up the goodies of consumerism. REAL Anarchist ideas come in the form of anarcho-communism, anarcho-syndacalism and libertarian socialism as promoted by thinkers like Bakunin, Kropotkin and Rosa Luxemburg.

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By frecklefever, July 19, 2011 at 12:34 pm Link to this comment


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By MeHere, July 19, 2011 at 11:32 am Link to this comment

Berniem has it right.

Discussing anarcho-capitalists, tea party-ers…..why give them the importance
they don’t have?  Surely, they have following, but what these people are doing is
trying to find their own niche in politics which is now dominated by the two
parties. They sound as if they can offer alternatives but they really have no clue
regarding what they would do if they got elected. Once in government, they would
just follow the dictates of the big interests that truly run the country.

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By SarcastiCanuck, July 19, 2011 at 10:58 am Link to this comment
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Sounds like another slow boat to serfdom for the majority.An uncontrollable market is like an uncontrollable pit bull.Sooner or later its going to bite you right on the ass.Time to kick these psuedo-economists to the curb folks.

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By berniem, July 19, 2011 at 10:36 am Link to this comment

Enough with the hyphenated euphemistic explanations of what may or may not define the current state of Amerikan governance! We are now living in a fascist nation with its own peculiarities, but a fascist state none the less. And as with all authoritarian and totalitarian states, elections are a fraud and a hoax only ensuring the perpetuation of an unchanging and corrupt regime. The only way to ultimately dismantle the monster via external coercion or revolution and possibly civil war. Wealth, power, and greed will not be defeated at the ballot box with votes cast by a gullible, ignorant, and in many cases, complicit electorate! FREE BRADLEY MANNING!!!!!

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By greenuprising, July 19, 2011 at 10:02 am Link to this comment

The assumption that it is “us” or “them”, free marketeers bent on liberating every form of capitalism and every form of property, or government as our saviour, pervades these discussions.

But what if there are alternatives?  What if we go back to the old anarchist principles of the nineteenth century and the anarchist’s debates with socialist centralists?  Or, more concretely, what if we imagined a social order in which corporations are either abolished as an organizational form or subject to the death penalty, where the size of an economic organization is severely limited, where cooperatives are given preference over joint stock operations, where the regulations that were created to hedge big corporations (always with the big corporations sitting at the drafting table) are not applied to the little guy, where, in short, free enterprise meant something? 

What if we imagined a “market socialism” along David Schweikart’s lines, where investment banks were public entities on whose capital any entrepreneur or collective could draw to start or expand an enterprise?  Then we might have an alternative that millions and millions of Americans who hate the regulatory state could buy into and we could stop these stupid debates over more government or less.

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By Socialist Libertarian, July 19, 2011 at 9:49 am Link to this comment

Like John Rogers said, “There are two novels that can
change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of
the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy
that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its
unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted,
socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the
real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.”

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By Jeff, July 19, 2011 at 9:39 am Link to this comment
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Please stop associating the Tea Party with
libertarianism.  Although the TP has adopted some of
the principles of the Austrian School economic model,
it’s obvious that they also believe in quite a bit of
government intervention.

In other words, Ludwig von Mises and Milton Friedman
likely would not be terribly interested in supporting
the TP movement.

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By gstoddard, July 19, 2011 at 9:38 am Link to this comment

And of course these are the same people who parade around in their tri-corner
hats and revolutionary garb demanding that we adhere to the original tenets of
the Constitution until they face a potential crisis of their own making. Now as a
way of further distracting us from the real world challenges that they have in
part created, they are proposing a constitutional amendment that would
radically change the way our government functions.

At the same time they totally ignore the example of the Founding Fathers who
for five months engaged in serious debate and made difficult compromises in
order to create our constitution and the nation.

In the last five months the Congress has been posturing and grandstanding
while not accomplishing anything of significance.

It’s crazy making time.

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