On Capitalism II

Capitalism as “the private ownership of the means of production” is defined as such in contrast to Socialism, “the public/state ownership of the means of production.” Therefore, when the means of production (capital) are privately owned by either individuals, partnerships, families, groups, co-ops, communes, or syndics, they are a type of capitalism. Without a state, ie. anarchy, all means of production are privately owned (non-state owned), and so all production occurs under capitalism. Each type of capitalistic ownership will survive or not as a result of market forces. Am I wrong? And that’s today’s two cents.


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Founder and editor of Everything-Voluntary.com and UnschoolingDads.com, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.