So much for individualism.
What so many young libertarians in the US can’t seem to understand is that a good result from the regulated “spontaneous social order” (Hayek on liberal capitalism) of the free market can also be a racist result.
Results can be positive and racist at the same time. Just because something works, ideally should work better, doesn’t make it right.
This shouldn’t be mind-blowing. Everyday, it’s staring us all in the face. It’s clear, for example, that, in the US, the gradualism associated with capitalist activity—4% or so growth over the last 150 years, if you believe the historiography—is good for many people. Many people, that is, except black people who have suffered what can only be called structurally imposed underdevelopment under capitalism. Let’s not forget indigenous peoples either: those dispossessed owners we ignore. An entire ownership class capitalism and its composed market-citizens refuses to honor in its own made-up ownership society. It’s a very cruel revisionism. (How insulting is it to call this capitalism natural?)
To embrace pragmatic democracy, its policies, and utilitarian ethics to excuse the underdevelopment of entire classes of people is not ever going to be a satisfying solution to a structural problem. To claim that only as individuals can we experience liberty and freedom is fine for detached white citizens of privilege but can only be an oppressive demand for obedience to a racist order for everyone else. And anyway, we don’t simply ignore the underdevelopment in black communities, do we? We use community policing, schools, and prisons to keep them quiet about their unearned oppression.
Get your shit straight before you start encouraging activist communities to embrace individualism and capitalism. It’s clear the structure is coded with kinds of ideal individuals that most people cannot ever hope to live up to.