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Lark's not all bad...

Posted by: Asarualim on June 01, 1999 at 12:40:01:

In Reply to: and larkist confusions posted by Gee on May 28, 1999 at 08:03:38:

: : what you dont understand is that if you make the basis of your system competition and justification of the individuals right to employ absolutely whatever it takes to satisfy their own interests then you cant be surprised that corporatism or some varient of corporatism will evolve.

: How do you maintain the above comfortable image of libertarians when their mosr prevalent principle is the non-aggresion principle?

I don't see what the problem is Gee. The non-agression theory fits perfectly with the kind of corporate capitalism that exist currently in America. Of course the non-agression theory fails to acknowledge that there are two sides to liberty: freedom to do something and freedom from something else.

For example, corporations are free too make profound economic decisons that effect everyone else lives, for better or worse, without their being consulted. Seeems like someone's being "forced" eh? These same corporations are free to fill our world with advertisements (or propagagnda if you prefer) that effect our minds, change our behaviours, etc. Is someone being "forced" here?

The "force" in capitalism is not the vulgar physical kind (although it can and does dgrade to that point on occasion) but more of a softer ideological, systematic kind. Think of it as force with a velvet glove, with the velvet glove being ideology and materialism.

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