Economics/Class Relations

Anti-Trust Laws: Dangers and Possibilities

This article is quite good. There is probably no group around that is more anti-ATS than C4SS, which is ironic considering that I probably agree with them 85-90% of the time. It’s what’s in that other 10-15% that is insurmountable. For example, their compromised views on world government (“because climate change”)and secession (“because racism…”).

By Center for a Stateless Center

An Anarchist Take on Antitrust Laws: Dangers and Possibilities (Updated & Expanded)

Monopolies are pretty much universally bad. This is an uncontroversial position amongst anarchists, who principally define themselves in opposition to the state, which Max Weber, in “Politics as Vocation,” defines as the monopoly on force and the approval of the use of force in a geographic area. Benjamin Tucker, the great individualist anarchist of the United States, defines four major monopolies as the great hindrances in the struggle for a free society: the land monopoly, the money monopoly, the patent monopoly, and the protectionist monopoly. And contemporary anarchist thinker Charles Johnson has expanded upon these to include the agribusiness monopoly, the infrastructure monopoly, the utility monopoly, regulatory protectionism, and the health care monopoly. And many nonanarchists have been and are deeply concerned with the dangers of monopolies. The “father of economics,” Adam Smith [1], in his famous treatise The Wealth of Nations, warns that “monopolists, by keeping the market constantly understocked, by never fully supplying the effectual demand, sell their commodities much above the natural price, and raise their emoluments, whether they consist in wages or profit, greatly above their natural rate” and…

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