Embracing markets, opposing “capitalism”

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March 23, 2011
Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Gary Chartier  
Posted in Commentary

"Being a libertarian means opposing the use of force to restrain peaceful, voluntary exchange. That doesn’t mean it should be understood as involving support for capitalism. Whether this claim makes any sense at all depends, of course, on what you mean by 'capitalism.' For some people, perhaps, the term just refers to free exchange. And if that’s all you intend when you talk about 'capitalism,' you’re quite right that there’s no real conflict between what you’re talking about and a sensible libertarianism. But people very often have some other senses of the word in mind when they employ it." (03/22/11)



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