“We don’t have the right to subordinate other people to our ends or treat them as objects for our uses,” says Roderick Long. “And that is a fundamental kind of equality that I think is at the heart of libertarianism.”
Libertarians and LIO fans have led the way in work on these issues, from holding the first workshops on gay marriage to leading work against Apartheid to long-time work on minority and female empowerment issues such as the vote. It is good to see this video and enlightening talk. Thanks.
Color me skeptical. If after that whole attempt at nuancing libertarianism the conclusion is “equality of authority” as described here, we’re back to the incesant invokation of the NAP. If the “libertarian left” is genuinely concerned with broadening the scope of liberty for all, there’s no use in continuing to bark up the tree of a-priori equality since, a) it’s a theoretical dead end and b) as far as I can tell, all libertarians, even those of the most antipathetic variety, agree on that point.
Way to go profesor Long!
Roderick Long is THE MAN! Although perhaps that is not the best compliment to give an anti-authoritarian talking about gender equality.
Did anyone else notice that the oil portrait of Mises was selling for $1,250 while the portrait of Ayn Rand was only selling for $395?
According to Austrian price theory, does that mean Mises was three times the better libertarian than Rand?
No. Prices reflect an equilibrium between supply and demand, not any sort of intrinsic merit.
Libertarians focusing on economic metrics like price can reinforce similar attitudes of their critics, wherein “inequality” reflects two points on a one-dimensional value scale. Being “unequal” necessarily implies superiority or subordination, rather than choices reflecting a multitude of preferences. Freedom to choose cannot imply that people always make the same choices.
Women choosing to earn lower wages while married to men earning higher wages, both freely accepting a division of labor that does not denominate every hour of labor with a dollar sign, are not victims of gender discrimination, yet countless assertions of a “gender gap” in wages make precisely this assumption.