Doormats, Prostitutes, & Libertarians

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The following post is a guest submission from musician Allen Murdoch. Allen is one of the founders of the Skeptical Libertarian Facebook page. His personal blog can be viewed here and his Youtube page (featuring his music) can be found here. You can also buy his album, Ashes of Stellar Alchemy, here. “I myself have never been able to find …

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The Fallacy of ‘Free Market Capitalism’

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Today, while browsing around various debate sites, this article (http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/danielhannan/100127395/crony-capitalism-is-failing-lets-try-the-real-thing/) was brought to my attention by yet another right-winger trying to persuade me of the supposed virtues of ‘real’ or ‘free market’ capitalism. This was just one of many similar encounters I’ve had recently, in which the system we currently have is continually referred to as either ‘crony capitalism’ or …

Laszlo ZapacikThe Fallacy of ‘Free Market Capitalism’
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A Critique of Pure Bullshit, Part Three: Eichengreen on Ron Paul (A Tale of Two Monies)

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I have been critiquing Barry Eichengreen’s unprincipled attack on Ron Paul and his demand for a return to the gold standard, but, so far, I have danced around the real question posed by this vicious hit piece. Eichengreen’s argument is not about whether or not Ron Paul’s ideas can be compared to the insanity of Glenn Beck, nor is it …

JehuA Critique of Pure Bullshit, Part Three: Eichengreen on Ron Paul (A Tale of Two Monies)
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A Critique of Pure Bullshit: Part Two: Eichengreen on Ron Paul (Money and Crisis)

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    Barry Eichengreen makes much of the role the theories of Friedrich Hayek play in Ron Paul’s world view for a reason that becomes immediately clear: In his 2009 book, End the Fed, Paul describes how he discovered the work of Hayek back in the 1960s by reading The Road to Serfdom. First published in 1944, the book enjoyed …

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Eichengreen on Ron Paul and Gold as Money: Part One: A critique of pure bullshit:

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Washington has a problem, and Barry Eichengreen is doing his bit to save it. The problem’s name is Ron Paul, and this problem comes wrapped in 24 carat gold: GOLD IS back, what with libertarians the country over looking to force the government out of the business of monetary-policy making. How? Well, by bringing back the gold standard of course. …

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Fuck You I Won’t Do What You Tell Me!

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Rage. It’s an emotion that we are taught to keep bottled up, to stuff down inside, or to find some way to ‘channel’ in a ‘healthy’ manner. Bullshit. I’m an anti-authoritarian and I always have been.  I’ve labelled myself in different ways as I went through different intellectual/political stages but a common vein has always been anti-authoritarianism; I cannot accept …

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Marx's Theory or Marxist Theory?: How Daniel Morley (mis)Educated Anarchists

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As Marx observed, no society has imagined itself into existence, which is to say, women and men do not set out to build their society according to some preconceived blueprint. The social relations resulting from human action appear to us in later times as the preconceived ideas of the creators of those social relations when, in fact, the ideas never …

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Libertarianism, Race and Gender issues

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The issues of race and gender seem to have blown up here at Gonzo Times. This has not been without resistance. The article I posted in October specifically seems to be getting a lot of attention. I have ran into the classic colorblind concepts in response to much of what was written. I thought to myself that I would lay …

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Class War in Madison? Not so fast… (Part four)

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In parts one, two and three, I have made several observations which can be summarized this way: First, the argument that the event unfolding in Wisconsin, Ohio and other states are a battle over public union rights is disproved once we realize that these public unions are not and never were unions. The public unions are organs of the State, …

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Class War in Madison? Not so fast… (Part three)

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I stated earlier that I think the Koch Brothers are being framed for the events in Wisconsin, but I don’t want you to get me wrong here: the Koch Brothers will get no defense from me — nor would they need or want one. They are libertarians who really do want to get rid of the welfare state — or …

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Class War in Madison? Not so fast… (Part two)

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Call me unnecessarily skeptical about these things, but when I run into a narrative that fits neatly into my assumptions I immediately begin to question my assumptions. The cartoonish battle unfolding in Madison just does not hold up to scrutiny: we have unions that are not unions and only exist because the state of Wisconsin granted them the right to …

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Class War in Madison? Not so fast… (Part one)

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The battle lines seem familiar enough: on the one hand we have a coalition of the most regressive right wing forces who have set out to destroy unions and the rights of labor generally; and who appear intent on driving wages to levels commensurate with those of the age of robber barons. On the other hand, a coalition of unions …

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The Gun In The Room

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The following post is by Stefan Molyneux from “Lost Liberty Cafe.” I found it through Beyond The Corral. I do not completely agree with Stefan Monyneux, but it illustrates a major point in my philosophy. One of the most difficult – and essential – challenges faced by libertarians is the constant need to point out “the gun in the room.” …

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The Value of Nothing: Rethinking Marx, Liberty, the Individual and the State

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In the first part of this series (here) I argued that Karl Marx’s Individual is the same Individual who appears in the writings of 18th and 19th Century thinkers. Moreover, Marx’s assumptions imply an environment of Hobbes’ war of all against all and an increasingly illiberal, repressive and aggressive, parasitic State. In the second part of this series (here) I …

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“All I know is that I am not a Marxist!”: Rethinking Marx, Liberty, the Individual and the State

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Now, perhaps it becomes clearer why Marx, in his exasperation with his own followers, declared, “All I know is that I am not a Marxist.” It was never about the machines, the buildings, the banks, the factories, the farms or profit, taxes and wages — it was about the Individual and her relationship to other Individuals and Society. In his …

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Rethinking Marx, Liberty, the Individual and the State: Some comments

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I was somewhat surprised to see an interest in the theories of Karl Marx among at least a small section of libertarians, in the form of two recent articles, Brad Warbiany’s “Marxism And Libertarian Exploitation Theory” and Michael O. Powell’s “Rethinking Marx”. Given the continuing distortion among even most Marxists of Marx’s theories, not to mention the blatant misrepresentation of …

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A Left Libertarian Manifesto.

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A Left-Libertarian Manifesto. Often I am asked what differentiates me as a left libertarian from other libertarians.Here is my attempt at an answer.In writing this manifesto, I have attempted to avoid controversies and instead focus on what I consider to be the essence of left libertarianism and lay out a few of it’s central tenets.Hopefully this will help explain and …

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Authoritarian Sociopathy: Part 1

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By Davi Barker This was originally posted at Examiner.com. Comments on the original are appreciated. For those interested in the science behind authoritarian sociopathy no studies are more poignant, or more chilling in their ramification than the Milgram Experiment and the Stanford Prison Experiment. But their sentiment was perhaps best expressed by Thomas Jefferson in an often overlooked passage of …

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Rothbard on Left and Right Libertarianism.

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This is a post from Aristotelian Anarchy by Scott F. I have been following his blog and strongly suggest you subscribe here. “Most libertarians also reject the laissez-fairist position that it is morally imperative to obey all laws, no matter how despotic, as well as the all-too-common laissez-fairist patriotic devotion to the American Constitution and the American State. They have …

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For 2011: Five practical demands on which anarchists, libertarians, and Marxists should agree

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While it can be argued that anarchists, libertarians and Marxists have a huge ideological chasm between their various views and visions of a future society, it is obvious that on significant issues they share a common perspective. One question for the new year, and the run up to the 2012 elections, is will these diverse ideologies continue to allow their …

JehuFor 2011: Five practical demands on which anarchists, libertarians, and Marxists should agree
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Against the State: Forming Bridges between the Anarchist, Libertarian, and conservative movements

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This post has been removed at the request of the Author. Checkmate on classroom boredom.(Local) The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA) November 16, 2008 I AM A SLOW learner. It took m e 43 years to figure out what I was put on Earth to do with all my oddball qualities, unique experiences and quirky insights. I found my calling via a …

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Capitalism vs. Communism Challenging The Paradigm

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Can the Captialism vs. Communism paradigm be challenged just as so many of us have found the flaw in a left-right paradigm? I was once like most Americans, I opposed socialism and communism. I knew that capitalism was the only way because that was just a fact. It was one of those unquestioned facts. Just as some fall into the …

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Can there be a humanist anti-politics?

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Tell someone you want to get rid of government, and they will immediately ask you about police, firemen and teachers — you’ve just branded yourself as a proponent of crime, chaos and ignorance. Tell them you want to get rid of property, and they will immediately label you a Bolshevik intent on reducing the entire society to poverty and totalitarianism. …

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The Cruel Irony of Political Libertarianism

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Posted by Ross Kenyon Thomas Paine wrote — probably to annoy me — that “those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” With the American midterm elections this week, I find myself pensively reflecting on the cruel irony of being a political libertarian. There appears to be a direct correlation …

Gonzo TimesThe Cruel Irony of Political Libertarianism