Originally Posted by Rich
I would agree with the "articulate and well informed" but, "libertarian socialist", ah, could you define that for me?
a social system which believes in freedom of action and thought and free will, in which the producers possess both political power and the means of producing and distributing goods.
In short, it's anarchism.
I won't go further into this philosophy because:
1) I'm not the expert.
2) I don't feel like spending 2 hours writing about it.
3) You should try to understand it for yourself -regardless of whether or not you agree or disagree with it.
4) I'm not sure where you are in your understanding of the many different forms of socialism -specifically the difference between socialism and state-socialism, or whether or not you know that "libertarian" has a special meaning in the US. The definition of libertarian used in the US is off the spectrum compared to the definition used throughout the rest of the world. Also, I'm not sure where you are in your understanding of anarchism as a social philosophy. Most people think anarchy equates to chaos. But, "anarchy as a social philosophy has never meant chaos - in fact, anarchists have typically believed in a highly organized society, just one that is organized democratically from below."
The perversion of the definitions of socialism, anarchism and other terms of discourse are great examples of authoritarian power structures giving these terms a second meaning for the purpose of ideological warfare.
Now, I know that this last sentence leaves me open to certain people pontificating about the world, sociopaths, Illuminati and whatnot... but whether or not this is done in the name of good intentions or because they are sociopaths is besides the point. The sentence merely attempts to show an example of indoctrination passed down by the authoritarian power structures.