Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Catching up with Ken MacLeod

Hat tip to Anders Monsen for alerting me to this terrific interview with Prometheus-winning author Ken MacLeod. MacLeod talks about sci-fi, Left politics, market anarchism, and much more of interest to Libertarian Leftists. Here’s a taste:

“One of the problems I have with some on the Left is that they dissociate themselves from the past and present state-socialist regimes, but what they actually propose is, well, state socialism — but, of course, with more democracy, civil liberties and blah, blah, blah, which everybody knows wouldn’t survive the first real emergency (i.e. about day two of the revolution). Even the reforms they propose are statist. It would be much better, in my opinion, if they were to do the opposite: Take a bit more responsibility for the state-socialist past and propose something that is visibly different and institutionally unlikely to replicate the well-known defects of state socialism.”

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At 1:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good point by MacLeod. (Ahh, but is he the MacLeod?)

I find myself pretty well in sympathy with what's now called left-libertarianism. Much less so with the desire of certain well-meaning proponents to snuggle up to socialism. Sorry, I've no desire to be "comrade" to such heroes of global socialism as Stalin, Mao, Hitler, and Pol Pot.

Indeed, isn't it clear that it's socialism, which as a collectivist doctrine denies value to the individual, which truly commodifies humanity, reducing people to just another resource to be used up or disposed of at the State's whim? Why don't more people seem to notice this?


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