Libertarians Are Huge Fans of Economic Coercion
From Critiques Of Libertarianism
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"Hale showed that all economic regimes rely upon economic coercion, laissez-faire ones just as much as socialist ones."
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What’s amusing about libertarians and laissez-faire people (and the loose way certain economists talk) is that they will describe my choice to pay rent as non-coerced and voluntary while describing my choice to pay income taxes as coerced and involuntary. But there is no neutral construction of “coercion” that would ever support such a distinction. As Hale aptly demonstrates, coercion occurs when there are “background constraints on the universe of socially available choices from which an individual might ‘freely’ choose.”
Matt Bruenig, "Libertarians Are Huge Fans of Economic CoercionLibertarians Are Huge Fans of Economic Coercion"