The way things have always went…

Kevin Carson has been fighting against the “vulgar libertarians” who keep pushing capitalism as the way to freedom. In an older column on the subject, he discusses the way things have always went…

The time-honored “free market” recipe, among the ruling classes, goes like this: 1) rob the producing classes of their traditional property rights in the land, and turn them into tenants at-will of the plutocracy; 2) through coercive controls on the population, like the Combination Laws and Law of Settlement, make it impossible for the producing classes to bargain effectively in the wage market; 3) when the process is complete, talk a lot about how great the free market works, and justify the existing concentration of capital ownership as a result of the superior efficiency of those who came out on top.

3 thoughts on “The way things have always went…

  1. Dr. Q January 12, 2010 at 21:21

    On that note, check out this recent piece from The Onion: http://www.theonion.com/content/news/industrial_revolution_provides

  2. freemarketanticapitalist January 14, 2010 at 16:55

    Thanks a lot, Francois.

  3. Francois Tremblay January 14, 2010 at 21:00

    You’re Kevin Carson? Nice! Welcome to my blog!

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