Posts Tagged ‘monopoly’

Kevin Carson on how a financial system’s economic injustice breeds desperate classes.

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A talk by Gary Chartier for the Center for a Stateless Society on his article of the same name posted here; how to cut the cost of care by abolishing monopoly privilege.

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via Charles “Rad Geek” Johnson’s blog: Freedom is not a conservative idea. It is not a prop for corporate power and the political-economic statist quo. Libertarianism is, in fact, a revolutionary doctrine, which would undermine and overthrow every form of state coercion and authoritarian control. If we want liberty in our lifetimes, the realities of our politics need to live up to the promise our principles—we should be radicals, not reformists; anarchists, not smaller-governmentalists; defenders of real freed markets and private property, not apologists for corporate capitalism, halfway privatization or existing concentrations of wealth. Libertarianism should be a people’s movement and a liberation movement, and we should take our cues not from what’s politically polite, but from what works for a revolutionary people-power movement. Here’s how:

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Kevin Carson breaks down the broken healthcare system in America in a rational manner that debunks the conventional wisdom of the so-called ‘left and right’.

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Professor Gary Chartier on: ‘promoting access, affordability, and choice by ending privileges for corporations, professionals, and the otherwise politically connected’.

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Freedomain Radio host Stefan Molyneux on the misdirected outrage of the working class in this economic crisis leading to ill-informed embrace of the State.

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Kevin Carson on the ‘radical monopoly’ of the health care cartel. (more…)

Freedomain Radio host Stefan Molyneux on the anatomy of the ‘state enforced unions of the rich’: corporations. (more…)

Jeff Tucker on the vice, not crime, of plagarism. (more…)

Jeff Tucker on the State’s “intellectual property” vs. market competition. (more…)



Introduction to The Left, The Right, and The State by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., taken from LewRockwell.com:

In American political culture, and world political culture too, the divide concerns in what way the state’s power should be expanded. The left has a laundry list and the right does too. Both represent a grave threat to the only political position that is truly beneficial to the world and its inhabitants: liberty. What is the state? It is the group within society that claims for itself the exclusive right to rule everyone under a special set of laws that permit it to do to others what everyone else is rightly prohibited from doing, namely aggressing against person and property.

Why would any society permit such a gang to enjoy an unchallenged legal privilege? Here is where ideology comes into play. The reality of the state is that it is a looting and killing machine. So why do so many people cheer for its expansion? Indeed, why do we tolerate its existence at all? The very idea of the state is so implausible on its face that the state must wear an ideological garb as means of compelling popular support. Ancient states had one or two: they would protect you from enemies and/or they were ordained by the gods. To greater and lesser extents, all modern states still employ these rationales, but the democratic state in the developed world is more complex. It uses a huge range of ideological rationales – parsed out between left and right – that reflect social and cultural priorities of niche groups, even when many of these rationales are contradictory.

The left wants the state to distribute wealth, to bring about equality, to rein in businesses, to give workers a boost, to provide for the poor, to protect the environment. I address many of these rationales in this book, with an eye toward particular topics in the news.

The right, on the other hand, wants the state to punish evildoers, to boost the family, to subsidize upright ways of living, to create security against foreign enemies, to make the culture cohere, and to go to war to give ourselves a sense of national identity. I also address these rationales.

So how are these competing interests resolved? They logroll and call it democracy. The left and right agree to let each other have their way, provided nothing is done to injure the interests of one or the other. The trick is to keep the balance. Who is in power is really about which way the log is rolling. And there you have the modern state in a nutshell. Although it has ancestors in such regimes as Lincoln’s and Wilson’s, the genesis of the modern state is in the interwar period, when the idea of the laissez-faire society fell into disrepute – the result of the mistaken view that the free market brought us economic depression. So we had the New Deal, which was a democratic hybrid of socialism and fascism. The old liberals were nearly extinct.

The US then fought a war against the totalitarian state, allied to a totalitarian state, and the winner was leviathan itself. Our leviathan doesn’t always have a chief executive who struts around in a military costume, but he enjoys powers that Caesars of old would have envied. The total state today is more soothing and slick than it was in its interwar infancy, but it is no less opposed to the ideals advanced in these pages. How much further would the state have advanced had Mises and Rothbard and many others not dedicated their lives to freedom? We must become the intellectual dissidents of our time, rejecting the demands for statism that come from the left and right. And we must advance a positive program of liberty, which is as radical, fresh, and true as it ever was.


Exerpt from The Hill – “With the Economy in Shambles, Congress Gets a Raise”:

A crumbling economy, more than 2 million constituents who have lost their jobs this year, and congressional demands of CEOs to work for free did not convince lawmakers to freeze their own pay.

Instead, they will get a $4,700 pay increase, amounting to an additional $2.5 million that taxpayers will spend on congressional salaries, and watchdog groups are not happy about it.

“As lawmakers make a big show of forcing auto executives to accept just $1 a year in salary, they are quietly raiding the vault for their own personal gain,” said Daniel O’Connell, chairman of The Senior Citizens League (TSCL), a non-partisan group. “This money would be much better spent helping the millions of seniors who are living below the poverty line and struggling to keep their heat on this winter.”

However, at 2.8 percent, the automatic raise that lawmakers receive is only half as large as the 2009 cost of living adjustment of Social Security recipients. … [read the full article]

This sounds like a ‘what else is new’ moment that people are just brainwashed to accept, but the hypocrisy is quite immoral to the point where the State’s tyranny makes it illegitimate.

There’s no corporation in the US failing more than the US government. We’ve seen banks tens of billions in debt and have called them failures. Our government bails them out and we criticize the bank execs for wasting those tax dollars on their lavish lifestyles and golden parachutes. The people demand that if their money will be used to prop up these failures that executives take paycuts.

Our government is more than $10 trillion in debt.

We, the People, hire and fire Congressional representatives through elections. Shouldn’t we, who hire and fire, decide their compensation?

The US government is a corporation that doesn’t produce any goods. You could say that the government provides services and our tax dollars pay for them. But, if so, should the consumers of the service decide what they’re willing to pay for that service?

The US government makes antitrust laws to prevent unlawful monopolies in the market, but the State, itself, is a monopoly. The State is, therefore, breaking its own laws.

If the government is of the people, for the people, and by the people, the people should be the bosses.

If you were the boss of a corner store and one of your cashiers asks for a raise, you have the right to refuse and the cashier has the right to quit or strike. What the cashier doesn’t have the right to do is pocket money from the cash register. If he did, he could be prosecuted.

The State should be prosecuted for theft and, like any other fraudulent corporation, be dismantled and handed to those from whom they stole as restitution.

No investor in their right mind would willing invest in a corporation $10 trillion in debt with plans to raise that debt and no plan to pay it off. Why are the American people so sheep’ish when the State does it to us?

Congress shouldn’t get a raise. They should be fired and imprisoned by the people like the gang of thieves that they are.