Libertarian League: “What We Stand For” (1963)

The “free” world is not free; the “communist” world is not communist. We reject both: one is becoming totalitarian; the other is already so.

Their current power structure leads inexorably to atomic war and the probable destruction of the human race.

We charge that both systems engender servitude. Pseudo-freedom based on economic slavery is no better than pseudo-freedom based on political slavery.

The monopoly of power which is the state must be eliminated. Government itself, as well as its underlying institutions, perpetuates war, oppression, corruption, exploitation, and misery.

We advocate a world-wide society of communities and councils based on cooperation and free agreement from the bottom (federalism) instead of coercion and domination from the top (centralism). Regimentation of people must be replaced by regulation of things.

Freedom without socialism is chaotic, but socialism without freedom is despotic. Libertarianism is free socialism.

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These ideas are expanded upon in the provisional statement of the principles of the Libertarian League and in other literature that will be supplied free on request.


P.O. Box 261, Cooper Station
New York 3, N.Y.

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from View and Comments, #45 (Fall 1963), back cover [p 26]


RADICAL ARCHIVES NOTE: Earlier versions of this statement, which were somewhat shorter, were printed in previous issues of Views and Comments.

5 Responses to “Libertarian League: “What We Stand For” (1963)”

  1. 1 Gerald Fnord May 27, 2010 at 1:12 am

    If only they had made a trademark of the term “Libertarian”—propertarian minarchists might have settled for a word not as (in their case) deceptively suggestive of liberty….

  2. 2 radicalarchives May 27, 2010 at 2:14 am

    It’s my understanding that anti-capitalist anarchists were using this term throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, long before US “Libertarians” adopted it.

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