United Front Against Austerity
April 18, 2014
We at UFAA are frequently drawn into debates
and collaborations with libertarians – whether of the Ron Paul or Noam
Many positive things can be said about libertarians – they tend to have critical, open minds and an interest
in seeking truth, they tend to be anti-war, and they tend to be
interested in pursuing freedom and civil rights for all people. They
lead righteous fights for issues like health and food freedom.
But despite these positive qualities, such individuals are prone to
maddening naiveté as regards what was once called "political economy."
Despite the various philosophies of anarchism, minarchism, syndicalism,
etc. there are really only 2 choices in political life – to be subjected
to imperialism, or to be part of a nation-state.
The "1%" of
the world don't care about your philosophy. They want your labor and
The modern nation-state, reaching back to the 1648 Peace of
Westphalia, is the tool people use to organize their interests into a
representative body strong enough to protect them against the interests
Yes, there are problems and challenges inherent
in self-government. Most of them have to do with financial speculators
assassinating your best leaders and taking over the levers of power.
these problems are far less severe than the challenges inherent in
"small government," which has no hope of protecting manufacturers
against free trade, farmers against the grain cartel, homeowners and
students against banks, people against environmental pollution, etc. –
How is Bitcoin going to organize a national commitment to scientific
development and trillions in new infrastructure?
our current government is doing a lousy job. Thankfully, America still
has the right shell – we just need to elect better turtles!