In our first selection from The Claims of Labour, Donisthorpe surveys his philosophy, purpose, and method of unifying capitalists and laborers.
Donisthorpe begins this important contribution to trans-Atlantic libertarianism by investigating the claim that the state is an organism.
In pursuit of understanding what the state may legitimately do, Donisthorpe explains what modern states actually do.
Donisthorpe argues that once workers were respected as more than drudge-laborers, everyone could be a capitalist and entrepreneur with few settling for socialism.
Donisthorpe stakes his claim for democracy, both the general trend of history and the first step to a more individualistic world.
In our concluding number, Donisthorpe suggests that industrial capitalism is no divine command; it is a fact of history, not Nature.
Our chess-playing, motion picture-inventing, radical individualist author urges gentlemanly peers to share their profits and respect their workers.
Setting the tone for the rest of his book, our author argues that complex societies require innumerable interlocking and overlapping local institutions.
Surveying the history of states from the fall of Rome to modern Britain, Donisthorpe introduces his plea for “Integration with Decentralization.”
In a delightful display of trans-Atlantic libertarianism and radical individualism, Wordsworth Donisthorpe pours out his troubled soul.
While early libertarians like Tucker and Donisthorpe built a trans-Atlantic movement, less hopeful figures looked to diffusion and localism.
Tucker was the editor of the periodical, Liberty, which was dedicated to spreading Tucker’s ideas about individualist anarchism.
Often claimed by modern socialist anarchists, Benjamin Tucker fits better in the libertarian tradition.
Henry Meulen was an individualist anarchist and an early proponent of free banking.
Sidney Parker’s thoroughgoing Stirnerite individualism set him outside and against all political and moral ideologies.
Minarchists and anarchists—i.e. champions of the night-watchman state and opponents of any state—aren’t as clearly distinguishable as one might think.
“Not until Tucker and…Liberty [was libertarianism] a distinct, independent movement functioning in its own name toward its own unique…goals.”
Tucker explains the purpose of Liberty, and the nature of the state.