A Defense of Mutual Aid Societies

Source: Libertarian Institute
by Zack Sorenson

“Libertarians are aspirational about the free market. They suppose that, with enough freedom, entrepreneurs will invent or develop ways to solve the little guy’s problem. Leftists are not wrong to critique this attitude for being insufficient; how can we help the little guy here and now? Free market utopianism has the potential to be as meaningless as the dream of the workers’ paradise. In response to this concern, I have been writing about free market capitalism as a technology, considering improvements it could endure which would make it work better for people. In a recent essay, I addressed the production side of capitalism, highlighting how value signals are processed. In this essay, I will talk about the demand side of the market. How do consumers signal to producers what they want?” (01/19/23)