Left-Libertarian and Anarchist Criticism.

Part of the "Critiques of Libertarianism" site.

Last updated 10/25/07.

While most will not accept the entire positions of left-libertarians or anarchists, they do make a number of points about libertarianism and capitalism which are both interesting and telling.


Cooperative Commonwealth
Economist Roger McCain's well-written introduction to libertarian socialism, including an excellent section "WHY NOT LIBERTARIAN CAPITALISM?" An unusual strong point is presentation of some pragmatic economic advantages of Libertarian Socialism.
An Anarchist FAQ Webpage.
A collaborative effort to present the basics of anarchism and correct misrepresentations by opponents. Updated and expanded versions of some Spunk Press items.
Is Medieval Iceland an example of "anarcho"-capitalism working in practice?
An excellent left-libertarian refutation of this position. Part of An Anarchist FAQ Webpage. Some rebuttals are available at David Friedman's home page.
Is "anarcho"-capitalism a type of anarchism?
Description (and criticism) of the differences between left libertarianism and anarcho-capitalism (right libertarianism.)
What are the myths of capitalist economics?
Spunk Press: Critiques Of Other Political Views.
A number of left-libertarians have contributed critiques of right-libertarianism and its dogmas such as "natural rights". Some of the documents are:
Ayn Rand and the perversion of libertarianism.
The Myth of "Natural Law".
Iain MacSaorsa trashes Rothbard and other users of "natural law".
Ecology or "anarcho" capitalism.
Chile, capitalism and liberty for the rich.
Iain MacSaorsa debunks libertarian claims of great benefits to Chile.
Capitalism, Right Libertarianism and the problem of "externalities?"
The Myths of "Libertarian" economics.
Is "anarcho" capitalism against the state?
Libertarianism: Bogus Anarchy.
by Peter Sabatini.
The Libertarian As Conservative.
By Bob Black. An unusual approach, viewing families, work, schools, and churches as being as coercive as government. Starts boring, then gets good.
White Man's Ghost Dance
Bob Black's hysterically funny debunking of libertarian "Constitutionalist" notions of common law.
Democracy and the Market section 2: The Flight of the Bumble Bee.
In Part II of Noam Chomsky's Year 501; The Conquest Continues. Exposes free market theory as a hostile weapon against development of emerging nations.
Old wine in new bottles: A bitter taste.
Noam Chomsky describes Jane Kelsey's "The New Zealand Experiment" (which was critical of privatizations) in its historical context. He discerns recurrent patterns of "reform" inflicted on the helpless for the private benefit of the "reformers", and classifies Kelsey as a fellow observer. Part of the Symposium on "The New Zealand Experiment" published in the Electronic Journal of Radical Organisation Theory.
Capitalism, Right Libertarianism and the problem of "externalities?"
Gary Elkin's brief explanation of the problems capitalism causes for ecology.
How a Libertarian Capitalist Became a Libertarian Socialist.
Observation of real-world corporate behavior helped.
An anarchist explains why anarcho-capitalism is not truly anarchist, and is generally undesirable to most people.

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Noam Chomsky "Profit Over People: Neoliberalism And Global Order"
Seven Stories Press 1999. Places the current ascendsncy of neoliberalism in historic context as yet another form of oppression by elites.

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