Originally posted by Maslo
The only system that fully respects natural rights completely is voluntary society (anarcho-capitalism).
I agree with most of what you're saying but not this.
Anarcho-capitalism is an oxymoron.
Capitalism being the private ownership of the means of production, and the root problem of our issues.
Capitalism is not voluntary, it was forced on society when it replaced feudalism in the mid 1700's. It came about simply because land laws were
changed, which allowed land owners to sell off parcels of their land. This also allowed the new land owners to deny its use to the commoners. This
forced the commoners into towns, and cities, to work in factories, and mills, owned by the land owners. The land owners became extremely wealthy from
this. In the 1800's the socialists named this new system capitalism. Originally defined as, 'the appropriation of capital by some to the exclusion
of others', by Louis Blanc.
Capitalism can not be anarchistic, as it is an authority itself. Capitalism is the exploitation of labour, as workers have to produce more than they
are paid for in order for the capitalist to make profit. Workers are subservient to the private owner, as the worker does not have access to the
means of production. If profit is not being made the means of production is removed and no longer produces, with no regard for peoples needs.
Capitalism creates the state in order to protect its interests, and to keep the people from getting ideas that are a threat to capitalism.
Anarchism came out of the working class, and has always been traditionally socialist, because the only way for economic freedom is through the workers
owning the means of production themselves, so we are free to produce for our needs. Otherwise it is freedom for capitalists, exploitation for
workers. Without government over site capitalists would be the de facto state, and we would have nothing to protect us, just like capitalist would
have nothing to protect their capital. It would fall into complete chaos. No true capitalist would support a stateless system.
"Anarchism is stateless socialism", Mikhail Bakunin
Anarchists were the socialists who apposed the political path of the Marxists, and wanted direct action to change from capitalism to socialism.
It all comes from a misunderstanding of terms. Capitalism is not free-market, whereby socialism actually is. The goal of all left-wing ideologies is
the free association of producers...
In the anarchist, Marxist and socialist sense, free association (also called free association of producers or, as Marx often called it, community
of freely associated individuals) is a kind of relation between individuals where there is no state, social class or authority, in a society that has
abolished the private property of means of production. Once private property is abolished, individuals are no longer deprived of access to means of
production so they can freely associate themselves (without social constraint) to produce and reproduce their own conditions of existence and fulfill
their needs and desires.
Without free-association there is no free-market.
edit on 6/4/2012 by ANOK because: (no reason given)