Economics/Class Relations

Bezos To Became World’s 1st Trillionaire As Unemployment Races To 20%

The primary disagreement that I have with orthodox, American-style libertarians is their deification of characters like Bezos, Musk, Gates, Sam Walton, etc as idealized Nietzschean supermen. This is a recurring theme I have seen among Randians (the worst), Catoite neoliberals, and Rockwellian paleos alike. These characters are simply the Henry Fords, John D. Rockefellers, Andrew Carnegies, etc of the present time (and, yes, I know a lot of libertarians idealize the robber barons of the Gilded Age as well). But, in reality, these guys are simply the royalty and aristocracy of modernity, the neo-Medicis. Fortunately, there are an-caps like James Corbett who will call this stuff out.

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  1. I hate to be this way (nit-picky) but it is pretty normal for “an-caps” other than Corbett (Lew Rockwell included) to shit on Bezos, Musk, etc as “cronies”. Very standard fare. It is common knowledge they survive government subsidies and contracts.

    • That’s good to hear, although over the years I have heard quite a bit of “Wal-Mart Uber Alles” rhetoric coming from the paleolibertarian crowd. I’m not really surprised or even offended by it. They are what they are, i.e. 19th-century liberals. As long as I’ve been an anarchist, I’ve always viewed Libertarians as ideological cousins who regrettably miss a few points a certain economic questions, as opposed to the Marxists whom I always regarded as dangerous political enemies (even if I like a lot of them personally).

      • I totally agree that the the Cato types are way too soft on big-business, but find it is more of a lack of info, rather than an ideological one. They are obsessed with looking good, and getting along.

        But I would say both sides (left and right) side give these classes of business a pass. Facebook for example. The libertarian mainstream thinks the CIA involvement is a conspiracy theory, and the the democratic socialists see Zuck (who is also a democratic socialist) as an ally. This goes for Amazon, and Twitter (who are also led by Dem-Socialists).

        You are very right to be critical of the mainstream libertarians as too focused on government as the enemy, and not on the partnership of business and state. However, they do claim ideologically to hate the state because it gets hijacked. They are just blind to where it already has!

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