Center for a Stateless Society
A Left Market Anarchist Think Tank & Media Center
Market Anarchism FAQ


“We can no longer blind ourselves to the fact that concentrated economic power has become as reckless and ruthless and coercive as concentrated political power.

We can no longer attack subsidies for the poor while supporting even greater subsidies for the rich.

We can no longer speak of protecting freedom in the world by turning the world into protective hamlets. We can no longer oppose tyranny by emulating it.

We cannot speak of individual freedom and free communities, self-reliance and self-responsibility, while honoring the assembly line, promoting urban demolition, and making fetish of commodities. We cannot speak of honest work while honest working people are alienated from the work and treated as mere extensions of their machines.

We cannot attack the abuses of arrogant and bureaucratic labor leaders without attacking the abuses of arrogant and bureaucratic industrial and business leaders.

We cannot speak of a land of liberty and a national-security state in the same breath – we must defend freedom at home if we are ever to have freedom in the world.

We cannot speak of a sweet land of liberty when the very land is soured by greed of those who turn the landscape into real estate, who turn the rivers into open sewers, who see in every living thing nothing but a dollar in the process.” –Karl Hess, Dear America, 1975.

Below is a list of common questions we receive, and our attempts to provide brief but informative answers. Send questions to:

  1. Definitions and Distinctions.
  2. Additional Definitions and Distinctions.
  3. What is market anarchism?
  4. What is a government or state?
  5. What will a stateless society look like?
  6. Is market anarchism utopian?
  7. Are market anarchists for or against capitalism?
  8. How do market anarchists regard other tendencies within anarchism?
  9. Don’t market anarchists support wage labor, which is completely unanarchistic?
  10. Is market anarchism derived from classical liberalism or socialism?
  11. Since market anarchists support free trade, are they pro-globalization?
  12. Which theory of value do market anarchists subscribe to?
  13. Do market anarchists buy into the “bourgeois nursery tale” of primitive accumulation?
  14. But what about the roads?
  15. Privatization is for neoliberals, right?
  16. How does market anarchism interact with feminist theory?
  17. What do you mean by “vulgar libertarianism?” What is “conflationism?”
  18. How will we get to a stateless society?
  19. What’s with the socially conservative strain of anarcho-capitalism coming out of the Mises Institute and Hans-Hermann Hoppe?
  20. How does market anarchism address the need for social safety nets?
  21. How does market anarchism prevent the economy from being taken over by monopolies, without anti-trust regulations and other restrictions on corporate abuses of power?
  22. Libertarian Anarchism: Responses to Ten Objections.
  23. Six Theses of Libertarian Rhetoric.
  24. Five Libertarian Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For.
  25. What is Left-Libertarianism?
  26. Left-Libertarianism: Its Past, Its Present, Its Prospects.
  27. Why Market Exchange Doesn’t Have to Lead to Capitalism.
  28. Capitalism, Not Technological Unemployment, is the Problem.
  29. Libertarian Left: Free-Market Anti-Capitalism, The Unknown Ideal

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