Blue Puppy wrote:I feel as if no one really works for themselves anymore. I would define working for yourself as subsistence farming, hunting, gathering, making your own goods for your own use. In the modern and developed world, it seems to me that we are raised with this idea that people go into work for themselves, but the truth is that everyone is either working for someone else, or robbing people.
Correct. That's because specialization is much, much better. That's what allowed civilization to exist, and it's the reason Earth can support more than a few million people.
It would take me a very long time and a lot of work to make a table, a T-shirt, or a pencil
, by myself from scratch. I guess I would have to start making a table by cutting down a tree, but with what? Start by building an axe and a saw, but where do I start? I need to dig up some iron ore. Using what? It's pretty much impossible to make anything other than primitive hunting tools without extended cooperation with thousands of other people.
With specialization today, I can buy a table, or a printer, or a mobile phone, in exchange for an hour of labor. It's millions of people that have somehow contributed to the making of every little thing, which is why they can be so efficiently mass produced using advanced machinery.
Blue Puppy wrote:This is basically an extension of my thoughts about how original appropriation (a necessary concept for a Libertarian free market to exist) is very close to dead.
You were talking about self-sufficiency, and now you're saying it's required for a free market
to exist? Doesn't make any sense. Markets are the opposite of self sufficiency.