portland independent media center  
images audio video
newswire article commentary global

imperialism & war

March 20th Anti-war leaflet

A leaflet for distribution at March 20th Anti-War protests from a libertarian Marxist perspective...
A leaflet for distribution at March 20th Anti-War protests from a libertarian Marxist perspective...

homepage: homepage: http://worldsocialism.org/usa

Marxism is "LIBERTARIAN" ??? 18.Mar.2004 21:46

Nopey Duke

Okay, I'll bite. In fact I did bite. Downloaded the leaflet. (Not very long at all.) Went to the home page (which is all there is, the newspaper is announced as coming soon) --- what I see there is a very brief (three paragraphs) statement of Marxism as it is usually expressed by any one of many organizations. So why the "libertarian"? I associate "libertarian" with the closet-Republican "Libertarians" of the Libertarian Party. I went to my dictionary. Imagine this: "libertarian" just means someone "who believes in freedom of action and thought." The usual self-styled libertarians are mostly all about individualism and some imaginary social contract and how stupid and lazy the masses are . Then, if pressed to be more practical about it, Libertarians believe that every social problem can be solved by privatizing the government, except for the essentials like the courts, jails and police. As for past inequities that may be continued after the Big Privatization --- or that may happen even afterwards --- those will all be sorted out by legal actions brought in the courts of law. In other words, the word "libertarian" has been hijacked by lawyers. Oh yeah, and no more "RE-distribution" of wealth. Just the first "distribution" that has created the owning class, that was okay, but NO re-distribution --- except by the courts and the police.

Anyway, GOOD FOR WHOEVER THIS WORLD SOCIALIST PARTY IS ---- for freeing the word "libertarian" from those cheating liars that have cheated and lied their way to the top of the great manure pile of capitalism (except for those who have been born on the top without even having to cheat or lie --- but they majorially end up doing it anyway just for fun).