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Title: Is Voluntary Socialism (“From Each, To Each”) Compatible With Libertarianism?
Source: Lew Rockwell
URL Source: https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blo ... tible-with-libertarianism-yes/
Published: Jan 2, 2019
Author: Walter E. Block
Post Date: 2019-01-02 10:20:23 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 29
Comments: 4

Yes. This already occurs.

All of these organizations live by the “Marxist” notion of from each according to his abilty, to each according to his need. But, they do so on a voluntary basis, so they are all in accord with libertarianism: nunnery, convent, kibbutz, commune, collective, syndicalists, cooperatives, monastery, abbey, priory, friary, religious community; family.

In all of these cases, people live by the philosophy of “from each, according to his ability, to each according to his need.” Since this is done, at least ideally, on a voluntary basis, yes, voluntary socialism of this sort is indeed compatible with libertarianism. However, socialism is also defined as “Government ownership of all the means of production.” And this version of socialism is of course not compatible with the freedom philosophy.

Bob Wenzel is a brilliant libertarian, and he and I agree on, oh, 99% of all issues in political economy. But not on that one.

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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

socialism of this sort is indeed compatible with libertarianism

Ok.

A K A Stone  posted on  2019-01-02   11:19:58 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: A K A Stone (#1)

socialism of this sort is indeed compatible with libertarianism

Ok.

Surprised to see you agree.

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Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen.
The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning.
Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.

Deckard  posted on  2019-01-02   11:22:53 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Deckard (#2) (Edited)

That libertarians are socialists/leftists. Ok

A K A Stone  posted on  2019-01-02   11:26:13 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: A K A Stone (#3)

That libertarians are socialists/leftists. Ok

Gee, is that what you got from this?

The article is about "voluntary" socialism.

Computer Hope

Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen.
The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning.
Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.

Deckard  posted on  2019-01-05   17:40:58 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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