Why Left Libertarianism?

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We are lost, astray inside a  “blue corn maze”,

Libertarianism, a revolutionary philosophy of redistributing power generally, is today mainly associated with the Right Wing of American politics. Others still believe that libertarianism is a “third path” from left and right and has nothing to do with those concepts.This is wrong-headed and ahistorical. Libertarianism grew out of classical liberalism, which is properly viewed as belonging to the left. The core concept that libertarianism rests, liberalism, is liberatory by nature. Conscripting with theocratic restrictions on the right is illiberal and antithetical.

By:  Eric Sharp

This article first appeared at Liberty.Me

And so it was long ago, in the time before the rise of conspiratorial state socialism. The implementation of the Communism/Capitalism dichotomy thrust allies of individual freedom to the right wing. They could not rely on the left of the 20th century as they were too busy building bureaucratic behemoths and obsessing over what Orwell called the “stupid cult of Russia”.

The Origin Heroes and Heroines of Liberalism, the ur-myths that built the libertarianism we know have been forgotten. Gone is Kropotkin, de Cleyre, and Spooner. They understood that libertarianism is a socialist idea, because it seeks for the social sphere to encompass most or all of society.

This essential knowledge has been obscured, bought out, and buried. As such we as libertarians find ourselves in a corn maze- lost. By seeing this maze as Blue, we will see the exit and begin again to repair this broken world.

Until we reestablish our context, the primary enemy of libertarianism is not any state or opposing ideology, it is libertarianism itself.

We must break from toxic language and terms like “capitalism”, and remember who we truly are.

Though Mises, Hayek, and Rothbard worked very hard to build the movement we have and without question it wouldn’t exist without them and many others, libertarianism has become decayed and shriveled over time. Deprived of it’s mother-home, of it’s source, our ideas have become hollow and meaningless. A libertarianism that is thin and not thick is flimsy and useless.

If this seems shocking to you, don’t be too surprised. A hundred plus years of sophistry and confusion have muddied these waters. Markets Not Capitalism will elucidate all these concepts of left libertarianism, though I will write further about them as well.

A libertarianism worth furthering always expands options, individual agency, and personal freedom.

Let us now all take hands. Radical, moderate, minarchist, anarchist; these distinctions while useful are less important than working together under a common context. Let us all walk free of this maze and liberate this sick world.

This article first appeared at Liberty.Me

  • Socialism is the use of state power by force. the primary enemy of libertarianism is centralized power. If you claim to want equality of outcome (equity) you are not a Libertarian by any means…..

  • Interesting, but (for me) unpersuasive. Liberalism originally referred to freedom for the people, but eventually ended up meaning freedom for the state to do whatever it wanted. Classical liberalism didn’t exactly evolve into current liberalism—the label was simply hijacked by people who had very different views, which left 17th-century liberals in search of a new label. Or so I understand. Moreover, classical liberals understood very clearly that both virtue and freedom are innately intertwined, and that widespread virtue can only be maintained through religion—and, so, they (rightly) perceived attacks against religion as being destructive to freedom. They also understood that liberty requires law, and they (rightly) fervently opposed anarchy as being just as bad as tyranny. Anarchists and socialists have often been found on the same side of history—and socialists have often worked with anarchists to abolish existing longtime governments in order to replace those governments with relatively-socialistic ones. Altogether, socialist libertarianism strikes me as oxymoronic.