Liberals Against Anarchism

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Why I Am Not a Libertarian
Jonathan Wallace's personal understanding of why libertarianism is insufficient and wrong. An article from The Ethical Spectacle.
George Walford: On The Capitalist Anarchists
Justly ridicules a major myopia of anarcho-capitalists. Brief.
Why is libertarianism wrong?
Paul Treanor's very European-style analysis.
Why I'm Not a Libertarian
Travis Stansel takes libertarians to task for excessive market orientation. From Conscious Chocie magazine.
The Capitalist Threat.
George Soros' February 1997 article from The Atlantic Monthly. 'The main threat to social justice and economic stability now comes from the uninhibited pursuit of laissez-faire economics, argues one of the world's most prominent capitalists, who warns that the very ideal of an "open society" is at stake.'
"The Capitalist Threat" -- Related Articles in The Atlantic
If the GDP is Up, Why is America Down? , by Clifford Cobb, Ted Halstead, and Jonathan Rowe (1995)
"Rarely does anyone point out how the market itself can undermine family values in the name of growth."
Christians are flirting with libertarianism, but it is not a biblical option.
Ronald J. Sider & Fred Clark write in Christianity Today that evangelicals should avoid association with libertarian pornographers and the like. Socially conservative.
Libertarianism: Bogus Anarchy.
by Peter Sabatini.
Is government eeevil? We Have Met the Gummint And He Is Us.
Mark Rosenfelder points out the paradox that only people with really good government could think they didn't need it. Good commonsense.
Liberals and Libertarians #1
How libertarians misrepresent themselves as classical liberals by focusing on means, not ends. Part of a new site about Classical Liberals.
Of the Functions of Government in General
J. S. Mill, a REAL classical liberal, explains at great length why "protection against force and fraud" is too simplistic a standard.
When Theft is Moral
Amod Lele examines the assumptions behind "theft", observing the coercion that underlies all property.
The Limits Of Markets.
Robert Kuttner's article in The American Prospect which summarizes his book "Everything For Sale". This short article goes a long way towards explaining the fallacies of libertarian economic arguments. Highly recommended.
Get Uncle Sam off my back! and other misguided impulses.
Gary Kamiya's review of A Necessary Evil" by Garry Wills. Praises the debunking of many Revolutionary Era myths of the Founders and Constitution exploited by anti-governmentalists.
A Non-Libertarian FAQ.
A general introduction to discussion with libertarians, with an extensive discussion of arguments commonly used by libertarian evangelists.
A Critique Of Libertarianism.
James Hammerton's criticisms of Nozick and Hayek's ideas. Excellent philosophical rebuttals of some libertarian axioms.
Libertarians & Conservatives
by Ernest van der Haag. A 1979 National Review comparison of libertarianism to conservatism that finds libertarianism to be "anarcho-totalitarianism".
The Machinery of Freedom: Chapter 41: Problems.
An introduction to the newest and best section of David Friedman's otherwise evangelical text. He takes most libertarians to task for their much too simplistic philosophical claims.
Why I Am NOT a Libertarian
Rev. Jimi Freidenker's plain, straightforward reasons for rejecting his former libertarian/objectivist beliefs.

Criticisms of Robert Nozick and "Anarchy, State, and Utopia".
The foremost philosophy of libertarianism has been thoroughly discredited.
Criticisms of Objectivism (or Ayn Rand).
Ayn Rand was a truculent, domineering cult-leader, whose Objectivist pseudo-philosophy attempts to ensnare adolescents with heroic fiction about righteous capitalists.
Reviews Of Books Related To Libertarianism.
An index to reviews that show libertarianism in an unfavorable light.
Humor, Satire, and Quotations.
These make an otherwise dry subject more palatable.
Liberal Criticisms.
Liberals understand that government has a useful track record.
Conservative Criticisms.
Few conservatives seem to feel much need to bash libertarianism: liberals are much bigger enemies.
Left-Libertarian and Anarchist Criticism.
A resounding clash of ideologies!
Objectivist Critiques Of Libertarianism.
While Objectivism is a type of libertarianism, there is a great deal of conflict between the two groups, sometimes resulting in some good criticisms.
Libertarians Criticizing Each Other.
Libertarians are by no means unified in their positions, and some of their strongest criticisms are aimed at each other.
The Liberal Alternative.
Some excellent liberal sources that contrast strongly with libertarianism.
The Cato Institute.
A libertarian quasi-academic think-tank which acts as a mouthpiece for the globalism, corporatism, and neoliberalism of its corporate and conservative funders.
David Friedman.
An anarcho-capitalist libertarian whose ideas undermine most libertarian's philosophy. His writings and criticisms of them.
Testimonials by former libertarians and objectivists.
Let's see what we can learn from some of the many who have left libertarianism.
Criticisms of the Libertarian Party.
There's lots to laugh at, behind the veil of propaganda.
Make Or Break Views Of Libertarianism.
Positions so absolute and extreme as to border on self-ridicule.
The "World's Smallest Political Quiz".
What's wrong with this prime propaganda.
Government And Economics.
Libertarians tend to consider government a drain on the economy, when in actuality it is an active player in creating a more vigorous economy.
Liberty And Government.
Most libertarians view government as a destroyer of liberty. But the fact is that government is essential to create liberty.
Austrian Economics.
A fringe academic view which is greatly preferred by many libertarians on ideological grounds.
Criticisms of Neoliberalism, Capitalism, and Free Markets.
Libertarians are unabashed promoters of capitalism and free markets, and generally can see no wrong with them, either historically, philosophically, or economically. The rest of the world can though.
Libertarian Economic Experiments.
Chile and New Zealand are often cited by libertarians as sites of successful libertarian economic reform. They tend to cite a few "benefits", but there are many downsides....
Freedom Through Technology.
Cypherpunks, high-tech libertarians, and various others mistakenly think technology will eliminate the need for government (if not outright eliminate government.)
The Constitution, Laws, and Libertarians.
Libertarians frequently parrot bizarre pseudolegal formulas or selective histories to justify militias, common law courts, sovereign citizenship, immunity from taxes, etc. They also adopt many right wing criticisms of modern court interpretations of the Constitution.
Libertarian Revisionist History
Ideologies often require revision of inconvenient history, and identification of famous historical figures as fellow believers. Libertarians have their own ludicrous literature and claims.
Society Versus Individuals Versus Markets.
Most libertarians myopically focus on individuals: indeed, they often deny that society exists at all. The problem is that individuals reside in an environment called society.
Let's Gut the Political Community

Defining the State and Society, by Wendy McElroy

Libertarians are often grotesquely anti-environmental in terms of regulation. (Though some do like market-oriented pollution rights.) They frequently repeat anti-environmental propaganda.
Gun Control.
Libertarians tend to be strongly anti-gun-control, more so even than the NRA leadership, since ideology knows no bounds.
Privatization and Deregulation.
Libertarians are generally unabashedly in favor of privatization and deregulation, with only minor limits in the case of minarchists. It's not that simple.
Social Security.
Social Security is one of the biggest libertarian bugaboos. It's obvious success clashes harshly with the sink-or-swim ideology of most libertarians.
Anyone who ran a private pension fund or insurance firm using the Social Security system as a model would be indicted for criminal fraud. Social Security is immoral.
Transferring Power To The States.
Libertarians frequently prefer to decentralize government power by moving it to the states. Sometimes that's not good planning.
Public Schools, Education, and Vouchers.
Libertarians generally adopt anti-public school rhetoric, and recommend vouchers as a first step towards elimination of public schools.

Early Education and Childcare Cato #30.

Most libertarians are opposed to taxes, and make various arguments why they should be "equal" and not progressive.
Taxation is Theft
Limited Property: Zoning and Takings.
Most libertarians are in favor of absolute property rights, in contradiction to essentially all traditions of property ownership.
Limited Property: Property Taxes.
Most libertarians are opposed to property taxes. The Georgists have an answer that libertarians are unable to rebut.
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A Critique of Anarchism

Anarchism: Arguments for and against
by Albert Meltzer