Capitalism Is Never Libertarian
There is only one way that a landlord can convince an apartment building full of people to pay most of their wages in rent just because he ‘owns’ it. And there is only one way millions of folks can be convinced to sleep on the street right by many more millions of unused buildings and vacant, un-affordable houses. The credible threat of violence. It is the only one way five people can control more wealth than the bottom 50% of the global human population.
Personal possessions can easily be maintained without the state-sanctioned violence of a police state — humanity did that for thousands of years with citizen-led, community-level policing. And we can do it again. But private property rights cannot be maintained without violence. A capitalist society can never be a free society — it takes the constant presence of violent force to sustain private rights of ownership over society’s productive forces and resources for billionaires and business interests. Property or liberty — we only get to pick one.