Do left-statists own the word “society?”

June 6, 2017
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We have a new Mental Lever mini-article at the Zero Aggression Project: “Are the free market and society the same thing?

Left-statists act like they own the word “society.” A large branch of the Left even uses the word in its name — “socialism.” Left-statists also speak as if The State is the exact same thing as society, implying that…

  • Efforts to restrain or shrink The State are equivalent to confining or reducing society itself
  • Non-state approaches to problem-solving, such as the free market, are somehow anti-social

The Zero Aggression Project has published several Mental Lever mini-articles to debunk these left-statist misconceptions…

But statists also fail to understand the inherent linkages between society and the free market. Part of this stems from an assumption that all market interactions can be defined in terms of money. Left-statists have an animus against money and the profits of others, leading them to mistrust the free market. We’ve addressed part of this error in another Mental Lever mini-article…

Now we want to tie these threads together. Our NEW Mental Lever mini-article shows how…

  • The free market is not merely about money, materialism, and narrow conceptions of self-interest
  • The free market covers all peaceful forms of exchange, cooperation, and human relationship, including even friendship and love.

In other words, the free market is society, and society is the free market.

The free market is socialism that’s actually worthy of the name.

Can we really demonstrate all of this in a mere 360 words? Check it out. If you like our work, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution or starting a monthly pledge.

ZAP The State and have a nice day,

Perry Willis
Co-creator, Zero Aggression Project


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