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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2009 8:00 pm    Post subject: Cornish Libertarians Reply with quote

A view on the Cornish Question from the UK Libertarian Party: respone here
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do "libertarian"-capitalists support slavery?

Yes. It may come as a surprise to many people, but right-"Libertarianism" is one of the few political theories that justifies slavery. For example, Robert Nozick asks whether "a free system would allow [the individual] to sell himself into slavery" and he answers "I believe that it would." [Anarchy, State and Utopia, p. 371] While some right-"libertarians" do not agree with Nozick, there is no logical basis in their ideology for such disagreement.

Of course you can't be a genuine libertarian and endorse slavery, but you CAN be a "libertarian"-capitalist. Private Property is their God, and, if you are utterly committed to the idea that private property is the ultimate good, then, if some folk happen to have loads of private property, while some have absolutely nothing, well, that's just tough luck on those who have nothing. But even if you possess no land, no materials, etc etc, you do possess yourself. So you can sell yourself! You mustn't get together with other wage slaves to bargain collectively for a better deal (because that would limit the capitalist's freedom to use his possession of wealth to exploit you). It might turn out that the only way you could sell yourself would be, not on a weekly, or monthly, basis, but by selling yourself into permanent slavery. Such a contract should, from a "libertarian"-capitalist viewpoint, be legally enforceable. If you should later decide you've had enough of servitude, and decide to become a runaway slave, then you are depriving your owner of their rights, and you should be hunted down. All this stems from making a god of Private Property.

Perhaps we don't see people selling themselves into slavery right now but there is certainly a growing trade in human organs. People in the developing world faced with starvation and extreme poverty are increasingly selling parts of their body in order to get by.

But of course that's their choice isn't it? In a free 'libertarian' society one should have the right to dispose of ones body as one sees fit.

Where does the Libertarian Party of the UK stand on all this?
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