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The Really Really Free Market: Instituting the Gift Economy
Disambiguation: According to the capitalist lexicon, the “Free Market” is the economic system in which prices are determined by unrestricted competition between privately...
Libertarian Self-Marginalization
Go to the average mainstream libertarian venue on any given day, and you’re likely to see elaborate apologetics for corporate globalization, Wal-Mart, offshoring, Nike’s...
Where Right-Libertarianism Goes Wrong
Libertarianism is, in theory, no defender of the rich and powerful who must always be subject to market competition. As a libertarian who has engaged in countless classroom and...
The Myth of the Liberal Media: The Propaganda Model of News
Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky demolish one of the central tenets of our political culture, the idea of the "liberal media." Instead, utilizing a systematic model based on...
Capitalism: A Good Word for a Bad Thing
The Freeman editor Sheldon Richman, speaking at George Mason University, raised the question of just what mainstream libertarians mean when they call a country “capitalist.” ...
In a Freed Market, Who Will Stop Markets from Running Riot and Doing Crazy Things? We Will.
Q. In a freed market, who will stop markets from running riot and doing crazy things? And who will stop the rich and powerful from running roughshod over everyone else? A. We...
Food Fascism in the Land of the Free
The food industry is no longer a free market.  In fact, I'd go as far as saying it's becoming the most glaring example of corporate-government fascism in America. Actual...
Why Advocates of Freed Markets Should Embrace "Anti-Capitalism"
Defenders of freed markets have good reason to identify their position as a species of “anti-capitalism.”[1] To explain why, I distinguish three potential meanings of...
The Conflation Trap: How the Left & the Right Are Fooled Into Supporting the Same Elite Interests
Left-libertarians differ from the (current) libertarian mainstream both in terms of what outcomes they regard as desirable, and in terms of what outcomes they think a freed...
Real Libertarians Don't Shill For The Kochs
It’s been the thing lately, among certain establishment liberals, to dismiss libertarians as “Koch-funded shills.” We’ve heard a lot of it from Mark Ames and Yasha Levine at...
Libertarians Should Abandon The Term "Capitalism"
Advocating liberty means opposing the use of force to restrain peaceful, voluntary exchange. But it doesn’t have to mean calling a system of peaceful, voluntary exchange...
The 3 Biggest Myths Blinding Us to Economic Truth
Robert Reich breaks down the 3 biggest economic myths. 1. The “job creators” are CEOs, corporations and the rich, whose taxes must be low in order to induce them to create...
With Detroit's Bankruptcy, Anarchists Have Begun Project "Free Detroit" - Starting a Community
The city of Detroit isn’t looking too pretty to date. On July 18th as many know, Detroit filed for bankruptcy after falling an estimated $20 billion in debt to over 100,000...
The Top 10 Flaws of  Neoclassical Economics
Neoclassical economics has severe flaws.  But since the field is captive to the monopolistic money and banking system, it is very difficult for economists who are aware of this...
Why a Hamburger Should Really Cost $30
Abby Martin takes a look at the meat industry, and the massive government subsidies that are allocated toward it, asking why the price of meat doesn't match its free market value. 
Bail Out Main Street, Not Wall Street
The free markets are completely discredited. There is significant political space to build a broad consensus for a 21st-Century New Deal that would stop spending our tax...
Who Owns the Benefit? The Free Market as Full Communism
There’s a wonderful phrase for how capitalism works in the real world (I’m not sure who first came up with it, but I associate it with Noam Chomsky): “The socialization of risk...
This Land Is Our Land: The Fight to Reclaim the Commons (trailer)
For more than three decades, transnational corporations have been busy buying up what used to be known as the commons -- everything from our forests and our oceans to our...
The Conservative Lorax
As seen on Fox Seuss, the conservative Lorax schools a naive boy on the virtues of free-market capitalism.  
Almost Fully Operational: The Mega Cartel Death Star
Racketeering as a Global Business Model You’re like Han Solo. You know there’s an Empire. You’ve got a bad feeling but you can’t quite make out what you’re looking at. You’ve...
Breaking News: The Collision Of Journalism And Consumerism In A Democracy (2009)
Media experts debate whether capitalism impedes the development of public media within a democracy. Using Ukraine's Orange Revolution as a launching point, this film explores...
The Golden Age of Freedom Is Still Ahead
Free enterprise is often associated with the past. This perception puts the market’s champions, seen as hopeless reactionaries, on the defensive. A typical narrative...
Steady-State Economics: It's The Answer To The Failed Endless-Growth Paradigm
What is a steady-state economy and how could it positively impact human behavior and our survival on the planet?  In this film, the concept of steady-state economics is...
This Is How Globalized Capitalism Operates Today
The history of wage struggle in Cambodia is a case study for the history of global capitalism as a whole. Here's how it works: Multi-national corporations exploit workers in...
Apartheid Did Not Die (1998)
A John Pilger documentary. Apartheid based on race is outlawed now, but the system always went far deeper than that. The cruelty and injustice were underwritten by an economic...
Barbershop Punk
In a privatized American Internet, is big business “Big Brother” or does the free market protect and serve the needs of the average citizen with its invisible hand? With the...
How a Libertarian Capitalist Became a Libertarian Socialist
A couple years back when I was working toward a philosophy major in college, I wrote a rebuttal on the section of The Anarchist FAQ that covers anarcho-capitalism. I removed...
Benjamin Tucker - Anarchist or Capitalist?
Editor's note: We found this article about Tucker relevant to today because his views represent such an interesting break from stereotypical views about socialism, markets...
The Myth of the Liberal Media: The Propaganda Model of News (1997)
Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky demolish one of the central tenets of our political culture, the idea of the "liberal media." Instead, utilizing a systematic model based on...
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
Talk by Naomi Klein author of "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism" given September 27, 2007 at Town Hall Seattle. The Shock Doctrine retells the story of the...
The Subsidy of History
Carson indicts historically existing capitalism as a betrayal, rather than a manifestation, of free-market libertarian principles. He points out that libertarians have...
Profit Is Theft: It Sounds Absurd but Here's Why
Take a look at this info-graphic. The disparity is absurd. Though personally I don't think raising the minimum wage is the ultimate solution, as it doesn't get anywhere close...
HEIST: Who Stole the American Dream?
HEIST: Who Stole the American Dream? is stunning audiences across the globe, as it exposes the real truth behind the worldwide economic collapse, tracing its origins to a 1971...
Whatever is Neo-Liberalism?
Neo-liberalism, like capitalism, is not usually a consciously accepted ideology it is a descriptive term. In fact neo-liberalism is best understood as the particular form and...
The Role of Anti-Establishment "Conspiracy Theories"
In recent years, populist explanations for world events have become common and often taken the form of anti-establishment conspiracy theories. The contradiction between how...
What puts the "Left" in "Libertarian Left"?
One of the quickest and simplest ways to gloss what Left-Libertarian, or the Libertarian Left part of ALL, means, is just to say that we are for left-wing social ends through...
The Distinctiveness of Left-Libertarianism
Left-libertarianism in the relevant sense is a position that is simultaneously leftist and libertarian. It features leftist commitments to: engaging in class analysis and...
It's Not "Corporatism," It's Not "Crony Capitalism," It's Capitalism!
Chances are if you are reading this, you have spent a fair amount of time discussing the [Occupy Wall Street movement]. Anyone with a basic familiarity with the protests is...
After Crisis, Greeks Work to Promote 'Social' Economy
ALONIA, Greece — The feisty owner of a small family business that makes detergents has never had time for anticapitalist firebrands. So he was suspicious and skeptical when he...
Understanding Occupy Wall Street -- It's Not What They're for, But What They're Against
Critics of the growing Occupy Wall Street movement complain that the protesters don’t have a policy agenda and, therefore, don’t stand for anything. They're wrong. The key...
Keep Going and Do Not Stop (A Communiqué in Solidarity with the Occupy Movement from Cairo)
To all those in the United States currently occupying parks, squares and other spaces, your comrades in Cairo are watching you in solidarity. Having received so much advice...
Global Economic Sharing: The Most Important Debate of Our Time?
Almost everywhere we look, there is an emerging debate on the importance of sharing in relation to the grave challenges of our time. This conversation is most apparent in the...
Place-based Everywhere: Lessons from Flood Wall Street
The arrests at the end of Flood Wall Street may have been the only reason the mainstream media paid attention to the several thousand people who parked themselves next to the...
Unequal Contracts, Unequal Power
As of January 26, it’s illegal to unlock your cell phone and switch to a different service plan without the permission of your current provider. This comes as the result not...
The Zeitgeist Movement
Started in late 2008, The Zeitgeist Movement exists as the communication and "Activist Arm" of an organization called The Venus Project. The Venus Project was started many...
Embracing Markets, Opposing "Capitalism"
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...
Why the Wage Labor System Is Inherently Exploitative
“A fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work” has been the motto of the mainstream labor movement since at least the beginning of the 20th century. On the face of it, this general...
Worshippers of the Almighty Invisible Hand
The fantasies of a faith-based neoliberal economics laid bare
Capitalism's Stormy Sea
Richard Swift begins his journey through political alternatives to capitalism by looking at the nature of the beast they seek to oppose.
Is 'Capitalism' or 'Crony Capitalism' the TRUE Problem? Finally - A Definitive Answer
Is 'true' capitalism good and crony capitalism the real problem? This debate has been raging for a long time and finally we have a definitive answer. This video kindly cuts...