[Freedom-misc] Minifree is in dire trouble,

strypey at disintermedia.net.nz strypey at disintermedia.net.nz
Tue Mar 31 09:50:57 CEST 2020

Centralized authority can use mental gymnastics to call anything "private  
property", including your own genome. Like "intellectual property", all  
"private property" is an imaginary construct, whose existence is enforced by  
the state. Without that state enforcement, all anyone could own would be  
their personal belongings and the places they personally occupy (by living or  
working in them regularly). "Private property" is the nonsense that it's fair  
for me to own the house you live in, or the hackspare you work on your CNC  
mill in every day, and kick you out if you don't keep paying me protection  
money. If you think taxes are "taking other people's money", what do you  
think rent is?

CNC mills and seeds are "means of production" in an argument-by-etymology  
sense (in that they're a means of producing things). But as somebody pointed  
out earlier, the phrase "the means of production" has a specific, technical  
meaning. In the feudal area, agricultural land was the means of production.  
In the industrial era, factories were the means of production. In a  
decentralized system, control of these, and their products, would be  
distributed among the people who work in them. But capitalists use the state  
and "private property" to centralize ownership of the means of production,  
and their products, and effectively claim ownership of the working lives of  
the people who depend on them to meet their needs ("wage slavery"). The  
resulting system was called capitalism by the person who invented the term,  
Karl Marx.

If you really want to understand any of this, you have to throw out all the  
ancap caricatures of socialist ideas, and the romanticization of capitalism  
as some kind of free enterprise utopia, and read the original works. I'd  
suggest starting with Adam Smith's 'The Wealth of Nations', which argues  
pretty strongly against allowing businesspeople anywhere near the levers of  
governments, lest they use them to engineer monopolies and oligopolies in  
their own interest, at everyone else's expense. The essays in 'Markets not  
Capitalism' would also be well worth exploring:

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