Trial and Error

August 4, 2010

“If we freed markets, we’d have equality.”

No, not quite.

“If we freed markets, we’d have the best chance at equality.”

Perhaps, but not quite there.

“There is a unity of virtue in pursuing equality with freed markets.”

Yes. I like that much better.

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4 Responses to “Trial and Error”

  1. Great! 🙂

  2. James Says:

    Wouldn’t that depend on the type of equality?

  3. Neverfox Says:


    Perhaps it does. It’s pretty safe to assume with me that I mean something like “equality of authority” at the very least (that covers the “libertarian” part) and, drilling deeper, that would mean not only non-aggression but also “equality of” (i.e. lack of) subordination, exclusion, and deprivation (to cover the “left” part). Also, from a mutualist perspective, I might also mention an equality of power, or as Shawn Wilbur writes, “Mutualism recognizes positive power, and looks for liberty in the counterpoise of powers, not in power’s abolition.”

    But all in all, I was focused more on the relationship between the two ideas in this post, whatever the content.

  4. Lori Says:

    “To acheive equality, we must transcend the market”

    I’m of the opinion that power corrupts. I don’t believe there are any exceptions to this rule. If by positive power, you mean ’empowerment,’ I can live with that. Markets mean disempowerment, because under a market system you have to market yourself. Marketing yourself always involves some amount of ‘kissing up,’ if not ‘sucking up.’ Lack of subordination, exclusion and deprivation requires lack of competition, i.e. anagorism.

    Equality of authority requires transcending the so-called Iron Law of Oligarchy.

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