Especially tyranny of the majority. Libertarians miss a number of obvious points here. Tyranny of a minority is worse. And there are other sources of tyranny than government, which are less accountable, such as social and market tyranny. The basic problem is that tyranny is a subjective viewpoint, and libertarians are just as susceptible to that accusation when somebody does not want to live in a libertarian society. An involuntary property system can easily be viewed as tyrannical.
- The Invisible Handcuffs of Capitalism: How Market Tyranny Stifles the Economy by Stunting Workers (book)
- The Tyranny of the Market [More...]
- Angus Sibley's outline of the threats from libertarian (free-market) economics. "According to free-market dogma, we must accept passively the dictatorship of the market."
- The Tyranny of the Market: Why You Can't Always Get What You Want (book)
- Timely Abraham Lincoln quote: Who defines Liberty? [More...]
- "The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep’s throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as a liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty, especially as the sheep was a black one."
- Tyranny of the Majority : Fundamental Fairness in Representative Democracy (book)
Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate.
Bertrand Russell, Sceptical Essays (1928), Chapter 13
Well what’s called libertarian in the United States, which is a special U. S. phenomenon, it doesn’t really exist anywhere else -- a little bit in England -- permits a very high level of authority and domination but in the hands of private power: so private power should be unleashed to do whatever it likes. The assumption is that by some kind of magic, concentrated private power will lead to a more free and just society. [...] that kind of libertarianism, in my view, in the current world, is just a call for some of the worst kinds of tyranny, namely unaccountable private tyranny.
Noam Chomsky, "The Kind of Anarchism I Believe in, and What's Wrong with Libertarians"
The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep’s throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as a liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty, especially as the sheep was a black one.
Abraham Lincoln, "Timely Abraham Lincoln quote: Who defines Liberty?"