“We on the Libertarian Left consider it utterly perverse that free market libertarianism, a doctrine which had its origins as an attack on the economic privilege of landlords and merchants, should ever have been coopted in defense of the entrenched power of the plutocracy and big business. The use of the ‘free market’ as a legitimizing ideology for triumphant corporate capitalism, and the growth of a community of ‘libertarian’ propagandists, is as much a perversion of free market principles as Stalinist regimes’ cooptation of rhetoric and symbols from the historic socialist movement was a perversion of the working class movement. . . .
“The industrial capitalist system that the libertarian mainstream has been defending since the mid-19th century has never even remotely approximated a free market. Capitalism, as the historic system that emerged in early modern times, was founded on the dissolution of the open fields, enclosure of the commons and other massive expropriations of the peasantry. Capitalism evolved into a world system through the colonial occupation, expropriation and enslavement of the global South. We of the Libertarian Left want to take back free market principles from the hirelings of big business and the plutocracy and put them back to their original use: all-out assault on the entrenched economic interests and privileged classes of our day.
“We of the Libertarian Left also want to demonstrate the relevance of free market principles, free association and voluntary cooperation in addressing structural forms of oppression like racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia. As libertarians we oppose all legal restrictions but we should enthusiastically support direct action to combat injustice in the social realm, like bus boycotts, lunch counter sit-ins and the Stonewall riots. In addressing all forms of injustice, we should take an intersectional approach. . . .”
Introduced June 2014.