This booklet contains three provocative letters on socialism, government and property by the French mutualist journalist and historian Ernest Lesigne; three letters which constitute theses on freed-market anti-capitalism, and three defenses of a smallholder, co-operative economy as the only liberating … Continue reading
This is the third issue of the Molinari Institute’s quarterly magazine, The Industrial Radical. Editor Roderick Long writes, The third issue (Spring 2013) of The Industrial Radical will be back from the printers and on its way to subscribers shortly, … Continue reading
These selections from the “Property in Ideas” debate, taken from the pages of Benjamin Tucker’s LIBERTY (1890–1891), include provocative essays on property, anarchy, equal liberty and copyright from some of the leading individualist Anarchists of the 19th century. Includes articles by Benjamin Tucker, Victor Yarros, J. William Lloyd, Tak Kak, A. H. Simpson, John Beverley Robinson, and William Hanson.
Market Anarchist Joseph R. Stromberg takes on the Land Monopoly, and examines how political expropriation, the tax economy, and political constraints on workers’ access to small-scale land ownership have combined to create an economy of dependence, employment and top-down capitalism. Where resources are open, few will work for big enterprises. One never finds free land, free peasants, and non-working owners together. But are we necessarily better off merely because of employment? What if proletarianization is not the ideal form of human life? Freedom requires that we not be menaced by latent unknown powers. Like many real public goods it is not provided by the state, indeed the state may be its chief enemy….
Market Anarchists should oppose neoliberalism and its so-called “privatization” schemes because we are for free markets and private property. What they call “privatization” means only private profit from political power. What we mean is something entirely different, and it may be time to mint some new language in order to talk about the difference.
An individualist anarchist analysis and defense of rights to public property — not property that belongs to government, but property that belongs to the public — you and me and our neighbors. Libertarians often assume that a free society will … Continue reading
Karl Hess argues that defending individual property and freed markets does not mean apologetics for actually-existing economic arrangements or concentrations of wealth, which are dependent on colonial theft and state privilege. Quite the oppose, principles of individual property actually mean revolutionary redistribution of wealth away from state capitalists and towards workers and farmers, including support for militant reclaim-the-land movements, and the occupation of state-capitalist enterprises by organized workers and community councils. This is the article that inspired Murray Rothbard\’s
Confiscation and the Homestead Principle, which was reprinted as MA01: All Power to the Soviets!
Rothbard is now remembered as the father of Anarcho-
Capitalism, but in the 60s he argued for placing market anarchism on the revolutionary Left, and allied with SDS and the Black Panthers. Here he argues that radical free-market principles support student occupations of universities and workers’ councils seizing factories and property from corporations embedded in the military-industrial complex.