sloebs wrote:It is not a left vs right thing. It is a top vs bottom thing. It is not a socialism vs capitalism thing.
In the US, we are made to believe in the false dichotomy of a one-dimensional left-right socio-economic spectrum. In reality the social spectrum and the economic spectrum create a two-dimensional cartesian plane.
*shakes head* That's a false dichotomy, and I don't care if David Nolan or the entire Libertarian Party says otherwise.
Who decides, for instance, whether helping a person fix his motorcycle is a "social" or "economic" transaction?
(Note: values -- the motive force in the volition
of acting -- are always at work, even with gifts, or among strangers. They are necessarily perceived, and conceived, by the individual mind.)
If the values you exchange are not denominated in money, what prevents a political authority from appraising some such price, so the event becomes de jure
taxable (as happens with, say, land improvements)? Conversely, if motorcycles are outlawed, how much money do you charge to fix one?
It is a anarchism/libertarianism vs authoritarianism thing.
That's right. I think the word "voluntary" captures the distinction exactly.Libertas
("freedom") or ἀναρχία
(watch that χ
, contrast, κ
: "no master," if my survey of English will service) works, too.