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[It is important because Sean Gabb deals as a libertarian thinker with the thorny problem of our species' social behaviour. This is crucial because these essentially instinctive reactions manifest in our mammalian politics. Usually this happens uncritically and automatically. Personally, I consider the incessant biological drive constantly to try to get over on everybody else in the environment to be the biggest ass pain we suffer, both as creatures and free men and women. Any information that will help us firstly to be free of our own un-examined "bullshit," as we say here in southern Minnesota, and other impulses so that we can simply leave each other in peace, is greatly to be valued. Especially sinister and dishonest is the projection of a spurious benevolence onto my programmatic impulses to mess with you! Emotionally, I personally am a liberal and do want to be of help to neighbors and friends, but sorting out the nasty hidden power drive in it all IS the first order of business, always -- Bodwyn Wook, Wook's Farm, The Hammerhead Road, DEHORN TWP, Old Squawbunion County, Minnesota]
Free Life Commentary, A Personal View from
The Director of the Libertarian Alliance
Issue Number 183
28th May 2009
What is the Ruling Class?
By Sean Gabb
A Paper Given on Sunday the 24th May 2009
to the Fourth Annual Conference
of the Property and Freedom Society
in the Hotel Karia Princess in Bodrum, Turkey
In giving this paper, I make no pretence to originality of thought. Everything I am saying today has been said already – usually better, and always in greater detail – by Hans-Hermann Hoppe, by Roderick Long, by Kevin Carson, by Christian Michel, and by many others. If I can contribute anything to the libertarian analysis of class, it is brevity alone.
Libertarians often define a ruling class as that group of politicians, bureaucrats, lawyers, businessmen, therapists, educators and media people who derive income and position from the State. By definition, so far as such people operate as members of a ruling class, they are parasitic (more…)