This article was originally published as “Five Libertarian Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For” in January 2014, as a Feature for the Center for a Stateless Society (
“Millennials are disgruntled and it’s no wonder. In 2008 they turned out in record numbers in support of a presidential candidate who used the most leftish sounding rhetoric of any Democratic candidate since McGovern. Instead he governed as a moderate Republican, continuing the Paulson TARP program, bailing out the largest ‘too big to fail’ industrial corporation in America, and implementing a national healthcare ‘reform’ proposed by Richard Nixon. In the meantime, twenty-somethings face a situation where half of recent college graduates are unemployed or underemployed. They were the backbone of the Occupy movement, founded on the assumption that representative democracy and the political process were worthless, and the only alternative was to build a new system outside the existing one.
“The reforms I propose below are all free market libertarian reforms, but they’re also essentially socialist or anti-capitalist in that they shift wealth from rentier classes to the people who actually produce it, break the power of giant corporations, and create a fairer system with a more egalitarian distribution of wealth. End the credit monopoly. End the land monopoly. End the ‘intellectual property’ monopoly. End the minimum wage for plutocrats. Cut welfare from the top down. Start by eliminating eliminating all the forms of artificial property, artificial scarcity and subsidies that concentrate wealth in a few hands. Let free competition destroy enormous concentrations of wealth and redistribute it downward. . . .”
Kevin A. Carson is a mutualist writer living and working in northwest Arkansas, and the author of several incredibly influential works on contemporary mutualist anarchism, including “The Iron Fist Behind the Invisible Hand,” Studies in Mutualist Political Economy, Organization Theory: A Libertarian Perspective, The Homebrew Industrial Revolution, and numerous articles and research reports for the Center for a Stateless Society.