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Left-Libertarianism: Its Past, Its Present, Its Prospects on Feed 44

C4SS Feed 44 presents Roderick Long‘s “Left-Libertarianism: Its Past, Its Present, Its Prospects” read and edited by Nick Ford.

This form of left-libertarianism should not be confused with the position of the same name associated with Peter Vallentyne, Hillel Steiner, and Michael Otsuka, combining self-ownership (the libertarian part) with some sort of common ownership of natural resources (the “left” part).

Today’s left-libertarians draw ideas from social anarchists on one side and anarcho-capitalists on the other (though each of these two sources of inspiration tends to dismiss left-libertarianism as a front for the other one). But left-libertarians are closest to the pro-free-market, anti-capitalist, anti-privilege position of such 19th-century individualist anarchists as Stephen Pearl Andrews, Voltairine de Cleyre, William B. Greene, Ezra Heywood, Thomas Hodgskin, Lysander Spooner, Benjamin Tucker, and Josiah Warren.

Today’s left-libertarians draw ideas from social anarchists on one side and anarcho-capitalists on the other (though each of these two sources of inspiration tends to dismiss left-libertarianism as a front for the other one). But left-libertarians are closest to the pro-free-market, anti-capitalist, anti-privilege position of such 19th-century individualist anarchists as Stephen Pearl Andrews, Voltairine de Cleyre, William B. Greene, Ezra Heywood, Thomas Hodgskin, Lysander Spooner, Benjamin Tucker, and Josiah Warren.

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