"Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it."
- Thomas Sowell.
Pat Kenny recently had a show about Marxism featuring Jim Power and Kieran Allen. Kieran Allen tried to argue that a democratically planned economy could manage privately owned industries as publicly owned industries. Claiming that they would be more productive and could make products that would last a life time. He also claimed that prices of products would be reduced as “self-managed” workers councils would not be trying to make a profit. Jim Power pointed that Marxism has never worked in practice as it does not take into account of humans natural tendency towards greed. Kieran Allen claimed that proper Marxism has never been tried. Here at the Irish Liberty Forum we challenge Kieran Allen’s Socialist Workers Party, the United Left Alliance, trade union groups and other socialists to start a peaceful non-violent revolution in order to achieve their utopian dream of a collective regime.
To start off, socialists should adopt the Non-Aggression Axiom
When Irish people think of what the country would look like if the Socialist Workers Party was in power, they normally imagine a Soviet regime enveloping the country with the associated murder and mayhem. Some socialist points are completely consistent with libertarian points however, even if they are arrived at from the wrong direction. Socialists should support the non-agression axiom as the foundation of their movement so that some of the good points they make will not be blotted out by the shadow of murder that one normally expects to follow in their wake. Campaign to abolish taxes
The state sucks the fruit of workers labour through taxation. The poor pay proportionally the most taxes through VAT and inflation, two taxes that socialists are typically ignorant of. If socialists really cared about the poor, they would storm the central bank and burn it to the ground. If these two obstacles to wealth creation were removed, socialists could save up and pool their resources together so they could by some land and implement their ‘workers’ council’ utopia away from the rest of society without pointing guns at anyone. Campaign to abolish all social and business regulations
Without the state looking over their every action, the socialist worker councils would have greater freedom to vote in any management techniques they wish in order to self organise their businesses. This is the point Frederic Hayek makes with regards knowledge. The reason why the government can’t plan an economy is because most information is tacit and cannot be easily written down and described. Thus, a decentralised system of workers councils would be far more efficient at implementing best practices for businesses than government ever could.
Adopt their own private currency
It was been noted on this site on numerous occasions that the Euro is terribly mismanaged. The state has created a monopoly on money with which it uses to rob the wealth of its citizens. Socialists should stage a revolt against this institutional theft by seeking alternatives to the government’s money, such as the bartering of goods, or perhaps the use of gold and silver in the black market. This will weaken the state and place a daggar in the heart of bank profits. This is what Hayek called the de-nationalisation of currency and it should be a common goal of both libertarians and socialists.
Purchase private property and begin to sell produce
Socialists need to find a plot of land large enough to create their socialist city. Once they have own private property they organise how they please. They can choose to sell their products at any price they wish or redistribute their own privately owned wealth in any manner they see fit.
When the socialists are free from state oppression and agree to live along side non-socialists in a non-aggressive manner, they can put their money were mouth is and see if their worker councils can compete with individualism and entrepreneurship. In a culture that accepts the Non-Aggression Axiom, different groups with different plans can live with each other side by side. People can be free to choose in which manner they live, be it in a workers council or in anarcho-capitalism. If the workers councils turn out to be more productive then this will be a most welcome development, but every collective society in history has ended in failure, mass bloodshed and poverty so we shall await this pleasant surprise.