- Capitalism and Alternatives -

Now, about anarcho-capitalism.

Posted by: Red Deathy ( Socialist Party, UK ) on March 18, 1999 at 15:51:40:

Now, we have some on the board saying Anarcho-Capitalism is the way to go, and that the state is an aberation upon the pure functioning of capitalism, that creates poverty, and prevents us entering teh world of plenty.

Let us go then, you and I, while capitalism is spread across the sky, like an abomination Štherised upon the table...

1:How can such people account for the state being a particular manifestation of Rentierism, After all the British state evolved through the remnants of aristocracy, and the Rentier powers of erecting tarifs on use of teh nation state- what would stop groups of land owners, under anarcho capitalism, using their rentier powers to erect trade tarrifs, and extort surplus value out of the capitalists in the form of rent? What about the road owners? How can you account for the state having a necessary monopoly on violence, or would anyone be allowed to resort to violence, in the free market of force? These issues need to be considered.

2:Given that crisis is inevitable under capitalist functionings, what is to stop the equally inevitable concentration of property into fewer and fewer hands (when a firm crashes, another fills the market, and buys up all its stock, etc. Or firms merging)? What happens when one firms 'wins' the competition, and achieves monopoly? How will they be stopped from, like Stagecoach here, using anti-cmpetative pricing (predatory pricing, i.e. going well below the odd, because you can afford to, to drive competitors out of business). or like Microsoft, just buying out, or smashing smaller competition. Once firms achive monopolies, what is to stop them behaving like a minature state?

3:Given that the wages system requires at the least, the compulsion of relative poverty to make workers sell their labour powe, and further, requires a reserve army of labour (pool of unemployment), and further, reduces the number of workers needed through automatisation (creating 'surplus population') why would the vast majority of people want to live under anarcho capitalism?

4:Further, since folk accept that being born rich gives advantages of education, and status, and that such advantages continue and re-enforce class divisions (with only a tiny amount of movement, for every rags to riches story there are ten or more rags to rags stories), how can the society be said to be fair (considering that social systems are human constructs, and not non-human processes, such as skin colouring, or hieght). How can freedom exist under such a system, or even 'fair' competition?

5:If access to the law involves taking cases to 'Justice Bob's Law Emporium' doesn't that mean it'll be one law for the poor, and as many laws as money can buy for teh rich? Wouldn't equality before the law disapear?

Simple question- why should I vote for anracho-capitalism?


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