What Libertarians Should Learn From Radical Socialists

C4SS Contributing Writer Ross Kenyon has some fascinating thoughts on libertarian movement strategy to share in an article for Students for Liberty’s Journal of Liberty and Society: What Libertarians Should Learn From Radical Socialists [PDF].

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6 thoughts on “What Libertarians Should Learn From Radical Socialists

  1. I’m not sure what it means to say that Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, two of the u.s.’s most fascistic presidents, “agreed with the spirit of free enterprise.”

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  2. Maybe I should have been a little more clear there. If the extremes are state/community control vs. free private enterprise, Teddy and Woodrow certainly supported enterprise over consistent collectivist economics, if for no other reason that it produced more wealth which they would be able to legally steal.

    Your point is well taken though. Thank you for taking the time to read it, all.

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  3. Woodrow Wilson was a post-millenialist organic state theorist, which means he was a socialist of the worst sort (see Rothbard’s “World War I as Fulfillment” or research Wilson’s intellectual father: Richard T. Ely.). Both Wilson and Roosevelt fought for a fully regulated (managed) economy, so as to enrich robber barron types by driving out their competition and by granting them monopoly priveleges. They sought to completely destroy the free enterprise system and WIlson even sought to drive out democratic institutions and the democratic spirit. He believed in an administrative state (bureaucratic state/technocracy) and bringing about a human kingdom of heaven on earth. Allowing some businesses to exist and some people to have some degree of private property rights is not in any way a defense of free enterprise.

    But Ross I enjoyed the essay and I believe it has a good deal of potential. I’ll email you further with my suggestions if you like. I would even like to write something with you. You have a pretty good historical sense.

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