Especially "tyranny of the majority", aka "mob rule". Libertarians miss a number of obvious points here. If there isn't rule by a majority, there is rule by a minority. Tyranny of a minority is worse. Nor is all rule tyranny: tyranny is objectionable rule. 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. See also Democracy.
- Secession (3 links)
- You cannot find any libertarian literature opposing secession: it was even in a LPUSA platform plank. Even when the purpose of secession is obviously to continue tyranny over slaves. The overall purpose of secession (for libertarians) is to weaken unified governments so that private power is increased. Secession is not Constitutional. And the same people who declare rights are only individual and that states don't have rights will claim that secession is a constitutional right of states.
- The Invisible Handcuffs of Capitalism: How Market Tyranny Stifles the Economy by Stunting Workers (book, online)
- 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, online)
- 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, online)
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
Professor Hayek... does not see, or will not admit, that a return to ‘free’ competition means for the great mass of people a tyranny probably worse, because more irresponsible, than that of the State. The trouble with competitions is that somebody wins them. Professor Hayek denies that free capitalism necessarily leads to monopoly, but in practice that is where it has led, and since the vast majority of people would far rather have State regimentation than slumps and unemployment, the drift towards collectivism is bound to continue if popular opinion has any say in the matter.
George Orwell, "Review by Orwell: The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek / The Mirror of the Past by K. Zilliacus "
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?"