The purpose of this blog is to publish my own ideas on politics, economics and society from my perspective as a libertarian anarchist, as well as publish the ideas of other authors and thinkers both inside and outside the libertarian tradition. When I do publish other authors work, I will usually add a short addendum to the piece, criticising or complementing it and it’s contents.
My name is Chris Shaw. I am a student currently enrolled at the University of Warwick, where I am completing a Masters in International Political Economy. I would describe myself as a libertarian anarchist. I oppose the existence of the state, believing all political and economic relations should be voluntary. I am a supporter of freed markets and the creation of equitable power relations in society through common law juries, direct democracy bodies and voluntary parliaments, and the maintenance of traditional forms of life. I pride freedom, liberty and community as the ideals of a libertarian society.
My Libertarian Ideals
It is only recently that I have described myself as a libertarian, previously identifying with far-left ideologies such as communism and Maoism. This change in political views mainly came about as a result of extensive reading into the ideas of the Austrian school and its offshoots. As well as this I’m influenced by left-libertarian and libertarian socialist thinkers who have a good critique of modern state capitalism and its ills. I’ve also become interested in post-Keynesian monetary ideas, and their compatibility with free banking. Further, Marxian economics, Ricardian socialism, Mutualism and general anarchist political economy are significant influences on my thought and ideas. These influences have led me to believe in a society based not around state control and unfettered regulation, but rather one based around voluntary cooperation and exchange, removed from the spectre of big government and state control. I see a society that is free not just for big corporations or certain ethnic groups, but rather a place where freedom is blind. To achieve such a society, I believe we as libertarians need to push for the decentralisation of political power, as well as working both inside and outside the current governing systems, thus achieving true freedom and freed markets.
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