One of the Key Points in the Libertarian

DIALECTIC WILL HAVE to be the abandonment — the deprecation, in fact — of the term “capitalism.” It will be hard, I know. Most of it have heard it all our lives, and those of us who believe in the primacy of individual liberty understand that the thing the word represents is by-and-large, good.

But the term itself is of purest evil.

“Capitalism” as a term and as a concept is pure Marx. Yes, there was capital before Marx. Yes, there were even capital markets as far back as the seventeenth century in the Netherlands. But the idea that free markets and the use of money as both a tool and a commodity is an “ism” is entrenched in the Marxist dialectic. And, as such, for liberty-lovers to use the term in any way, positive or negative, is to cede at least half of the semantic map of this part of the world to the Enemy.

Instead, refer to free markets, to free exchange, to human commerce. These terms emphasize that what we espouse is the free, unrestricted, untrammeled exchange of goods and services — willing buyer and willing seller — with no outside intermeddling to be brooked. That the private dealings of private individuals are no business of the state, especially, and that statists, marxists, and collectivists of all stripes should be told loudly, firmly, dispositively to butt the hell out and mind their own damned business. And that this is the default position of civilized human society — all others are barbarians and to be given the back of humanity’s hand.

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