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Are libertarians blind to systems of central control that are less obvious than government?

Private property is a core value of libertarians. But does private property lead to a utopia of small landholders freely farming and trading?

Consider this: Whoever has land will use it to get more money, land, and political power leading to concentrations of wealth and power.


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  • Jun 9 2013: Remember the USSR? They were communist, private property was (officially) forbidden, but even so the wealthy few concentrated all the power while the masses lived in poverty.

    So this is not a problem of political affiliation, it is deeply linked to the way our brain is wired, and to our evolution. In whatever form of political organization you may choose, there will always be a group of people twisting the rules in order to concentrate the power.
    • Jun 10 2013: Look at tribal society. This is the way humans lived for the majority of our species existence. Close knit tribes had/have enough social pressure to prevent anyone from accumulating wealth. Or their style of technology is that your personal wealth was limited to what you could carry.
      • Jun 10 2013: So perhaps we should take a closer and deeper look at tribal societies and make a serious review of what we understand for equality and progress.

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