Millions of people around the world are living with Doublethink. This rapidly expanding disease actually causes people to hold mutually elusive positions and is so insidious that people rarely, if ever, even notice that they are infected.  Those that do realize their infection are met with a condition known as cognitive dissonance which causes the infected individual mental stress and discomfort, and the side effects are often so extreme that they quickly reject all new information and retreat to their safe preconceived notions. Worst of all, this disease has infected our community, with many defenders of freedom valiantly fighting the State but ignoring the corporations.  It’s become so prevalent that in extreme cases some infected libertarians have even gone so far as to hold up corporations such as Wal -Mart as paragons of libertarian, free market virtues.
Luckily their is a cure specially tailored to those in the liberty community,  stop being vulgar.

Vulgar libertarianism is a term coined by Keven Carson and refers to an approach to libertarianism that fights the State and holds up corporations and the wealthy as examples of an essentially free-market while completely ignoring the illegitimate means by which they rose to power and obtained their wealth. From Studies in Mutualist Political Economy by Keven Carson,

Vulgar libertarian apologists for capitalism use the term “free market” in an equivocal sense: they seem to have trouble remembering, from one moment to the next, whether they’re defending actually existing capitalism or free market principles. So we get the standard boilerplate article arguing that the rich can’t get rich at the expense of the poor, because “that’s not how the free market works” — implicitly assuming that this is a free market. When prodded, they’ll grudgingly admit that the present system is not a free market, and that it includes a lot of state intervention on behalf of the rich. But as soon as they think they can get away with it, they go right back to defending the wealth of existing corporations on the basis of “free market principles.”

On top of being philosophically unsound, vulgar libertarianism is the result of intellectual isolationism. For people spending to much time in the “liberty bubble” it becomes all easy to juxtapose the ideals of truly freed markets onto existing markets. After all, both ideal and existing markets appear to work on the same principle, voluntary trade and competition, but when you take a look behind the curtain you quickly see that that is far from the case. The market we are faced with today is anything but free, almost every company has their hand in the State’s cookie jar in one way or another be it through incorporation, corporate welfare, or the dreaded intellectual “property”. It’s the trap many libertarians fall into, the idea that freed markets are good so all markets are good, and it has tainted our movement by giving the impression that libertarian philosophy is only skin deep. Whether you are a free-market anti-capitalist and think the problem stems from capitalism itself or if you think this is just capitalism’s bastard love-child cronyism; one thing is certain, we don’t have a free market and we need to stop pretending otherwise.

Corporations aren’t your friend

Imagine an entity so insidious that it has the audacity to use all that is good in the world as a front to hide its dastardly dealings. That entity is modern corporations, using the image of the market to cloak their back room deals that grant them monopolistic and protectionistic powers through the coercion of the State. Through incorporation business owners shelter themselves from liability and leave it on the shoulders of the company, often to the determent of the workers. Corporate welfare allows corporations to operate with funds that the State has stole from the people; and by the very fact that it has to operate on stolen funds, it shows that the corporation isn’t desired by consumers and couldn’t survive in a freed market. And as if those weren’t enough, intellectual “property” grants corporations with special powers that establish it as that which the State purports to fight, a monopoly. On top of that, these corporations with State granted monopolies then use the State to enforce them against small companies and entrepreneurs that can’t afford to pay all the bribes and protection money and thus cripples innovation. Regardless of whether you just want open competition or  only support worker owned co-ops, it’s clear that modern corporations go far beyond not being part of a freed market, they are antithetical to it.

Freed markets > Free markets

It’s not just semantics, replacing the idea of “free markets” with “freed markets” also brings with it a whole new mindset. By using freed markets you naturally establish a goal by pushing it into the future as something to be worked towards and you avoid falling into the trap of believing we already it. By pushing it into the hypothetical it also gives you a sense of urgency by constantly reminding you and others that it is something wholly divorced from current affairs. While a free man may have an intellectual understanding and respect for his freedom, it’s the freed man has personally fought for it and will fight all the fiercer to maintain it. So is it for the freed market, by giving yourself and others something to fight for you build a temerity that you just don’t get when your ideal is muddled with the current bastardization.

Deregulation must include ending corporate privileges 

Vulgar libertarians often fight against government involvement in wage laws, private discrimination, building codes, and prohibition; but they ignore the worst of all regulation, corporate privilege. Intellectual monopoly, shelter from liability, and federal handouts are the life blood of modern corporations and if you don’t address these special privileges then you’re barely scratching the surface of government regulation. These privileges aren’t an advantage that they have gained through providing the best products or being the most innovative, they are the direct result of State aggression without which modern corporations could not survive. By their very nature, these privileges are only granted to the wealthy and well connected leaving the entrepreneurs and small companies to compete against giant corporations who don’t even play by the same rules; these privileges not only besmirch the market, they destroy competition and maintain the status-quo.  If we as libertarians are going to stand up against the State and its aggression in order to free the people and the markets, we can’t not cast a blind eye on corporate privilege.

The wealthy and powerful corporations and people of today’s world have gotten so not through honest competition and voluntary exchange but on the backs of others; using the gun of the State to exploit, imprison, and destroy all those that stand in their way. They are not friends of the market, they are it’s greatest enemy. As defenders of the freed market we must fight modern corporations as well as the State; we must understand that those who profit through aggression are made no less evil by hiring the State to do the agressing.